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How Not to Hire: Common Interview Mistakes

October 04, 2018

Hiring can be difficult. There’s more to it than simply filling a vacancy with a body. It’s more like a complex, 1000-piece puzzle where at first glance several pieces seem like a good fit, but it takes more analysing and thought to find the right piece.

Think about the last time you interviewed someone or were interviewed. What went well? What didn’t? You can always improve your interview skills, whether you are the interviewee or interviewer. When it’s time to select someone for your team, it’s important to understand what you are looking for in a new hire and what you are allowed to discuss in an interview before the meeting begins.

You might think that staffing is staffing, and if more people are needed, you’ll just hire another. But bad hires, turnover, and the recruitment process in general can be costly. The cost of hiring a new employee is approximately $58,000, and a bad hire costs at least 30% of the employee’s first-year earnings. Legal implications are also important to consider. With so many laws and protections for human rights and employment standards, one wrong move and a candidate could file a claim of discrimination. If you don’t have a structured plan to acquire only the information you need from candidates, there’s room for that private information, like religious beliefs or family responsibilities, to accidentally appear and lead to unsuccessful candidates falsely believing they were discriminated against. In addition, you could be missing out on a great hire for your company by using the wrong criteria.

Growing your team is an exciting prospect that can be full of promise. No one wants to hire the wrong person—it costs time and energy, not to mention money—and no one sets out to do so. Becoming aware of some common mistakes can help you in your quest to hire the right one.

With all of this in mind, we have a few tips to conducting an interview that could help you with the hiring process. Download our FREE Interview Not-to-Dos Guide which will give you some advice on what not to do during an interview.

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