The Top Three Small Business Hiring Mistakes

Top Three Small Business Hiring Mistakes, JamieVC, Consulting, Jamie Van Cuyk, Grow Your Team

Finally! You are ready to add a new member to your team. Congratulations are in order!

However, you might be feeling a bit nervous. Most small business owners who are looking to hire someone feel the same way. That’s because hiring is a serious matter. Not only do you have to find the right person for the position, but you have to determine the correct position for your company.

Hiring the wrong person or filling the wrong position could mean not only the loss in quality of work but money. This is why you must avoid the classic hiring mistakes.

Here are the top 3 hiring mistakes to help you avoid a significant loss to your operations, revenue flow, and customers.

Top 3 Hiring Mistakes

Hiring Mistake #1 – Not Hiring for Your Needs

After hearing about another business’s success, it is hard not to try to implement the same steps to create success for your own business. Here’s the issue: you may not achieve the same results.

Just like how you’re an individual, your business follows the same rule on individuality. What works for one company may not work for you.

The key is to evaluate your own business’s needs.

How can a position help you reach your goals and achieve the best ROI for your company?

Use this question as a baseline in your hiring strategy. That way you can confidently source the right candidates and separate the qualified from the unqualified when making your hiring decision.

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Hiring Mistake #2 – Job Posting Doesn’t Speak to The Right Candidates

Keeping your baseline needs in mind will not only help you find what position you should hire for in your company, but it will also assist you in writing the perfect job posting.

Be specific and paint a picture of what your new team member will do when they land the job.

Most candidates are not looking just for work but are looking for the job that best fits for their employment needs. This means two things:

1) A new hire will not stay in the position long if they find out the job posting does not match the actual work. This will leave you having to restart the hiring process.

2) If your job posting doesn’t say to your ideal candidate, “this is the job for your needs and wants,” they will never apply. And, you cannot hire a candidate that never applies.

When the candidates who do apply don’t match your perspective of your ideal candidates, you will be left feeling discouraged about the hiring process. Even worse, you might select a new team member who will not have the best impact on your company and clients.  

To attract the right candidates, those who are qualified and will be satisfied with the work, make sure the job posting is specific and accurate.

Hiring Mistake #3 – Hiring Out of Emotion

One of the biggest hiring mistakes small business owners make during the interviewing process is hiring out of emotion.

A person may have a sparkling personality and be someone you can see yourself getting along with very well, but you have to do what is best for growing your company.

Always remember to keep the qualifications of a candidate at the front of your mind. You can always find candidates who you click with, have a story to relate to, or a need help to bolster their career. However, if they can’t do the job, you won’t be clicking with them as well when you find them in your office explaining multiple past-due deadlines, asking already answered questions, or proving to you for the 50th time that they cannot do the job.

That is why you want to ensure all final candidates can do the job. Then, allow your emotions to be used as a second-hand tool to help steer your final decision on who will fit best on your team.

By hiring for both ability and personality, you will find the perfect person for the position to propel your business forward.

Ready to Avoid These Hiring Mistakes?

The good news about these hiring mistakes is that they are 100% avoidable!

First, you need to determine what type of help your business needs. Not only will this help you avoid mistake #1 (not hiring for your needs), you need this base information to prevent mistakes #2 and #3.

Discover what type of help you need to hire with your free copy of the Three Easy Steps to Identifying Who to Hire worksheet. Grab your worksheet below and get started down the path of finding your perfect-fit new hire today!

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