The 3 Most Avoidable Mistakes in the Hiring Process

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By Jeremy Fondren, Vice President, Healthcare Search Division at Newland Associates

In today’s job market, it is imperative that employers make the hiring process as seamless and efficient as possible for potential employees.

With unemployment down and the economy going strong, there are less active candidates available and the passive candidates that become active, will move on to another employer if the hiring timeline drags on.

Here are three of the most avoidable mistakes employers make during the interview process.

  1. Lack of clear communication

One of the biggest errors employers make in the hiring process is not communicating clearly with candidates. Outlining all the steps, from screening to interview and then selection clearly, along with timely follow up and follow through with the candidates is crucial to develop trust and show that your company is running like a well-oiled machine.

Being unclear about the position and the hiring timeline can lead quality candidates to look elsewhere and force employers to make bad hires by settling on a candidate instead of selecting the right candidate.

  1. Failing to have a set hiring process

Another critical mistake employers make in the hiring process is failing to have a well-defined hiring process. This can extend the hiring timeline and lead to distrust with both the hiring authority and candidates. Make sure expectations and the roles and responsibilities are clearly defined for everyone involved in the process.

A clear and concise hiring process can help shed good light on your company and build trust with potential employees.

  1. Delaying the hiring decision

This one is probably the most avoidable mistake in the hiring process, due to the employer having full control of the hiring decision timeline. To avoid delays in the hiring decision, everyone involved in the interview process must give timely feedback and the hiring authority needs to make the best decision based on their interaction with the candidate.

Time is of the essence, when a candidate becomes involved in the process. The longer the process takes, the more likely a candidate is to pursue other options or lose interest in your opportunity.

In Summary

Although there are many more avoidable mistakes in the hiring process that companies routinely make, in my opinion these are the most avoidable mistakes. By avoiding these mistakes, companies will be able to “muscle build” their organizations with top quality employees.