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4 Common Hiring Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Did you know that the average cost to hire a new employee is $4,129? If you are currently in the process of filling a position in your own business but want to make sure that you hire the right employees it is important to understand the most common hiring mistakes in order to avoid them. 

Keep reading to learn the top mistakes you want to avoid when going through the hiring process. 

1. Rushing

When you are looking to hire a new employee do not rush the process. Even if you are in need of a position to be filled immediately, it is best to not rush the decision because it can hurt you in the long run. Take the time to check every candidate’s references, and you might want to consider having them take a test project or hiring them on a trial period before making a final decision. 

There are quite a few benefits to having employee candidates take online assessments. 

2. Ignoring Someone’s Personality

Another mistake that some employers do is focus on experience and skills and ignore their personality and character. You want to make sure that they are qualified and that they also match the culture of the company. 

Take the time to ask questions about their daily routine as well, and do not be afraid to also give each candidate a personality test to make sure that their character will go well with the rest of the team. 

3. Falling for Oversellers

There are some potential candidates that will tell you everything that you want to hear even if it is not true or a bit exaggerated. Oversellers are probably embellishing a bit much just to get the job. It is best to hire employees that do not know everything but are eager to grow and learn in your company. 

An important tip is to find someone that asks the right questions rather than gives you all of the right answers. 

4. Trying to Save Money

Some employers make the mistake of hiring someone that is less qualified for the position because they are trying to save money. It is a better idea to hire someone that is qualified and has experience even if they cost a little more to keep around because then you won’t have to worry about spending the extra money to fix problems or mistakes they create.

Someone that is less qualified might also cost you more money later on because you will have to pay extra for training or extra hours to have them complete a task because they do not have the experience. 

Time to Avoid These Common Hiring Mistakes

We hope that now that you have our top list of the most common hiring mistakes, you can make informed decisions moving forward with your hiring process. 

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