Top 10 Hiring Mistakes to Avoid (Video)

Recruiting and hiring a person to work at your small business can be a long process.

First you need to identify the need for a new employee. What follows are the many steps of recruiting, interviewing and onboarding.

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With all these moving parts, is it really a surprise that the process is fraught with common yet avoidable mistakes like the 10 in the video above?

Unavoidable Complexity Leads to Mistakes in the Hiring Process

Unlike Murphy’s Law (“If anything can go wrong, it will”), the reality of the long hiring process is, “The more complex the process, the more places it can be broken by mistakes.”

Unfortunately, it’s hard to shorten the hiring process. Aside from all the legal rules a company must comply with when recruiting and hiring, office politics and personalities often get in the way too. And this only extends the process while making it more complex.

Fortunately, the video reveals the top 10 hiring mistakes so you can avoid making them.

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These mistake are broken into three parts:

  1. Recruiting mistakes such as failing to describe the position as clearly as possible and not researching the right compensation levels for the position once it’s defined;
  2. Interview mistakes like neglecting to phone screen in order to save time by winnowing down the candidate pool and dominating the one-on-one conversation when you should be learning about the candidate by listening; and
  3. Job offer mistakes such as hiring too fast out of desperation to fill the position and failing to issue a job offer in writing, which creates the possibility of misunderstandings and legal issues.

While the recruitment and hiring process will likely always be long and complex, doing your homework and learning about the most common hiring mistakes can go a long way in assuring that you get through it as smoothly as possible.

Make sure to also check out the full list of 25 hiring mistakes to avoid.

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Matt Mansfield Matt Mansfield is the Tech Editor and SEO Manager at Small Business Trends where he is responsible for directing and writing many of the site’s product reviews, technology how-to’s, and lists of small business resources as well as increasing the reach of our content.

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  1. I know an employer who has done this in the past. The result? He always gets a person who eventually backs out afterwards.