When October rolls around, everyone wants to tell scary stories. You know what’s scary for a lot of companies? Hiring. If you don’t have a dedicated recruiting department, it’s easy to make mistakes. Here are some of the frightening things you might experience if you’re doing your own hiring.
1. You Don’t Know What You Need.
When you do need to hire a new employee, you may not realize your needs have changed since the last time you filled the role. We’ve seen many employers that haven’t updated their job descriptions in years, despite the role having evolved. When that happens, you increase the chance that your new hire will be quickly overwhelmed and become disgruntled, because the expectations weren’t properly set from the beginning.
2. You’ve Got Sooo Many Other Things You Should Be Doing.
If you don’t have an HR department, taking on hiring probably falls on the top of a very high stack of duties. Finding a qualified candidate stands in the way of you meeting deadlines and taking care of business. In fact, you might be tempted to rush through the process and find a hire quickly so you can get back to work. But hiring the first applicant to cross your desk doesn’t typically end well.
3. You Tend to Be an Emotional Hirer.
When you interview, you look for people that you generally like or have things in common with. While you certainly want a new hire to jibe with your company culture, you’ve also got to look beyond the personality and ensure that this person is also professionally qualified. A good sense of humor will only go so far, and there’s work to be done!
4. You’re Trying to Be Cheap.
If you’re not working with a recruiter because you want to save a little dough, consider the amount of time it takes you to sift through hundreds of applications, interview a handful, and choose the best candidate. If you look at the time cost, you’d save a ton by working with a recruiter who’s more skilled than you at quickly finding qualified applicants and helping you choose the best one.
5. You Don’t Know How to Interview.
If the last few people you interviewed and hired didn’t work out so well, look back on the interview process. Maybe you didn’t do an excellent job of asking the right questions to determine how well a candidate was qualified for the role you needed to fill. Maybe you did all the talking. Whatever the reason, interviews may not be your strong suit. Unfortunately, they’re key in finding the right people. A recruiter can help you ask the right questions to pull the information necessary to qualify a candidate and can give you insight that might not come up directly between you and the candidate.
6. You Don’t Have an Existing Network.
One of the fabulous things about working with a public relations recruiter is that they keep tapped into a network of qualified candidates. They can short-list a group of qualified candidates quickly and many times already know who might be a good fit for your company. You’re left with the slush pile of resumes when you post a job opening.
7. You Wait Until the Last Minute.
By waiting until you’ve got a major hole to fill employment-wise, you’re setting yourself up for failure. The process takes longer when you have no network (see #6) and are posting jobs on job boards. Recruiters, on the other hand, can fast track the best professionals out there and get their resumes in front of you yesterday.
8. The Wrong People Are Involved
Or rather, sometimes the right people are involved, but at the wrong time. Your hiring manager should always be involved in the beginning of your search process. But when it comes to interviewing, make sure to involve the manager who will oversee the new role. Anyone else may not have the skills or information available to truly assess a candidate’s qualifications.
As you can see, hiring on your own isn’t always the best decision for your company. If hiring isn’t your strong suit, work with a professional PR recruiter who can get the job done well and promptly.