Top Recruiting Mistakes in Business.
While hiring mistakes are likely to be more common with less experienced hiring teams, hiring mistakes and bad practices can creep into even the most experienced hiring teams when they are under pressure.
In truth it will never be possible to eliminate all hiring mistakes but by being aware of the most common mistakes that are made during the hiring process you can begin to take actions to address these issues.
Top 6 Recruiting Mistakes that Organizations Make.
1. Failing to outline career opportunities in your job posting. Research from Randstadt and many others reveals that most staff leave firms due to a lack of career opportunities. So, it follows that if you want to appeal to today’s top talent you need to highlight your career development opportunities in your job posting.
2. Failing to highlight the organizational culture in your job post. In today’s more attitude conscious candidate marketplace, applicants now more than ever want to work for companies with a positive organizational culture. So, make sure to highlight the positive aspects of your organizational culture in your job posting.
3. Awkward application process. Many larger organizations use automated software so candidates can make their applications online. These systems are notoriously difficult to use and as a result can deter top applicants. Try out your own application system and if you find it is cumbersome to use, you might need to consider a more user friendly system.
4. Failing to do structured interviews. Many organizations still hire someone following an informal chat as opposed to a structured interview. This is a big mistake as structured interviews have been shown to have twice the level of predictive reliability than informal interviews.
5. Failing to do background checks. Nearly 30% of employers surveyed by CareerBuilder have discovered a fake reference on a candidates application. Always do background checks.
6. Not acknowledging candidates. A StartWire survey has revealed that 77% of applicants think worse of organizations – and would not recommend a company – that did not acknowledge the application. So, always acknowledge applications to ensure you put forth a good effort of communicating with potential applicants.
As a related resource – for job candidates blindly going out in the to the world seeking a new career; I recently recorded a PodCast on tips to take into consideration. Many people assume that simply by applying to an opening you will be in the running, but it takes far greater effort than that today. Feel free to take a listen below.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119568747″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”300″ iframe=”true” /]
More about the author of this article:
Dennis A. Branch specializes in startups, the building / re-building of brands and acquiring the distribution, marketing and team to create an overall game changing presence in the industry. Serving over 14+ years in various Leadership roles within the telecommunications industry – and successfully launching the first 4G Network in the United States in 2009. He helped to take a struggling startup to a half-billion dollar annual producer with the lowest operating costs in the industry.
His clients and partners include many companies – such as Best Buy, Cox, DirecTV, Dish Network, Google, Intel, Lenovo, Miss USA / Universe Pageant Franchise, QVC, Radio Shack, Time Warner, Wal-Mart, Walt Disney World Resorts and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to help secure distribution and marketing.