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  Oftentimes, the hiring process can be daunting. Especially when you are in a hurry to fill a vacant position. In a bid to get things done amidst the challenges, HR managers and business owners make certain mistakes. Despite the fact that there is a thin line between falling into these mistakes and not bulging, they can be avoided.
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In this article, I will be explaining 5 common hiring mistakes and how to avoid them completely. Are you a business owner, recruiter or HR manager? This article is definitely for you. Let’s get right into it.
  • Writing vague job descriptions

Some job descriptions can be misleading. The qualities needed in the candidate can contradict the job role. The job descriptions could also be written in a way that confuses even the qualified candidate. Some of these descriptions are often over flogged with a long list of responsibilities. It does not only confuse people, it discourages qualified candidates from applying. An ideal job description should include the job title, duties and responsibilities, preferred qualifications and skills, and the working conditions. Be clear as much as possible, as this will help you hire right.
  • Rushing the process

As stated earlier, there might be cases where there will be a need to fill a vacant position urgently. Nevertheless, it will be greatly disadvantageous if you rush this hiring process.
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Take your time, so you wouldn’t be out there the next month, looking to hire a replacement. Within the limited time that you have, critically scrutinize candidates and conduct interviews. Then, make your decision on merit, not based on desperation.
  • Not using technology

Gone are the days when vacant positions were only advertised on the gates and walls of companies. This is a digital world. And if you’re still caught on this web, then you are making a mistake. The more qualified candidates are probably online, seeking new courses to take and jobs to take on. It is easier to reach them via social media and other digital platforms. You can also make use of recruiting software to help evaluate CVs and applications. It makes the job easier and more effective.
  • Not checking references

References are the contacts provided by the candidates, usually in their CVs. Some hiring managers make the mistake of not leveraging those contacts.
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For there to be a section like that, it means it is necessary. Some fraudulent candidates either provide fake details or details of people that don’t even know them. It is important that you contact those references and get a report on the character of the candidates.
  • Not involving the rest of the team

As the hiring officer, you might know a lot, but not everything about the hiring process. Even if you do, which is not possible, you need the input of the rest of the team. Brainstorm with them and decide on the candidates qualified for the interview, and ultimately, the most qualified for the job. This will save you a lot of stress. Featured Image Source: US News Money
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This article was first published on 12th October 2022


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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