5 hiring mistakes (of many) that stand out to me:
1. Being reactive – posting a job description on our HR‘s website and saying we’re done they are going to come to us. No, they will not! Go out there and proactively recruit the best talent you can attract (legally).
2. Chasing perfection – if we admit this universal truth that there is no such thing as a perfect employee, leader or a team member this will be so much easier and we won’t waste as much time on this process in which we lose some of the best potential candidates.
3. Culture fit – there’s no way to know this until someone has been with you for a few months at least so move on, make the hire and then if it doesn’t work out, fire them.
4. Stereotypes (age, degrees, experience, time at their current job…) – none of these define that individual so don’t take any of it against them by making assumptions which are most frequently flawed.
5. Confirmation bias – continuously looking for ways to validate our previously made (poor) decision. If someone has been with you for six months let’s say they’re not working out accept that you made a mistake and that’s OK, address it, hire someone new and move on.