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Recruiting is your opportunity to find the best talent available and improve your company. However, if you don’t take it seriously or have a poor recruiting process, you could find yourself recruiting again in the short term because of a bad hire.

6 COSTLY MISTAKES MOST PEOPLE MAKE WHEN RECRUITING

1. NOT KNOWING WHO YOU ARE LOOKING FOR:

Successful recruiters know what they are looking for. Therefore, it’s essential that you have an ideal candidate profile. You can use this as the basis to qualify candidates and use it as a checklist to compare candidates.

2. MAKING ASSUMPTIONS:

Never make assumptions about candidates or how they will act/react during the hiring process. Don’t assume you have found the perfect candidate; or once interviews are complete, don’t assume a candidate is going to accept your job offer. Nothing is certain until a candidate signs the employment contract.

3. WRITING POOR JOB ADS:

If you write poor job ads, then you will likely attract a poor pool of candidates. Too many companies simply recycle old job ads and don’t invest the time or effort into writing detailed and enticing job ads. If you want to attract good talent, you need to write great ads.

4. NOT OPERATING WITH A SENSE OF URGENCY:

People don’t like to wait, and candidates won’t wait around forever to hear back from you. In fact, if you don’t act right away when you identify a top talent, you risk losing them to a competitor. If you’ve identified a candidate as a great talent, so have other companies. If you wait too long, candidates will move on and you’ll miss out.

5. NOT INVESTING IN THE PROCESS:

Recruiting is one of the most important processes for your organization. Failure to invest in the process will put your company at a disadvantage when it comes time to hire. Talent is a core resource, and if you can’t attract top talent, your company will suffer.

6. NOT DOING A BACKGROUND CHECK:

Always check references and look into a candidate more thoroughly post-interview. Hiring is an important decision. You are investing in a person, and you need to perform your due diligence to make sure you are making the correct decision.

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Jesse Ryan

Jesse’s role with AugmentHR is to seek out organizations that can truly benefit from our unique approach to solving HR and talent acquisition problems. After 17 years in the recruitment industry, Jesse is driven to educate on more efficient and cost effective ways to approach hiring. Jesse has worked in every facet of talent acquisition: staffing, corporate, consulting, and as an independent contractor. He has a keen interest in helping others and spends much of his time volunteering with non-profit organizations, like CivicAction, 360Kids and Treble Victor Group. Always on the move, Jesse fills the rest of his free time competing in a variety of sports. Jesse is a former 5 time Karate Ontario champion, military biathlon champion, and an Ironman triathlete.

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