A recent survey says many hiring managers make mistakes that lead to costly hiring missteps. The good news: A little help from HR can go a long way toward making sure the best candidate is hired the first time around.
Problems range from choosing the wrong applicant for the job to driving the best candidates during the interview and offer process.
Half of all those mistakes are attributed to hiring managers’ lack of interviewing, assessment and recruiting skills, according to a recent survey by the Electronic Recruiting Exchange.
Here are some tips you can give managers to improve hiring results:
- Don’t make quick judgments based on emotions. A common reason the wrong people get hired is that managers are too quick to judge applicants’ personalities. That means some qualified people may not be given a fair chance to show off their skills in the interview because a decision-maker has already decided against them.
- Remain active and available after the interview. It’s normally HR’s job to keep in touch with candidates after the manager interviews them. But some companies find candidates are more likely to accept an offer if it’s extended by their future boss. Also, managers should be available to answer any lingering questions candidates have.
- Be ready and able to answer their questions. Just like candidates are expected to give thoughtful answers to interview questions, they expect the same from hiring managers. All interviewers should be briefed on typical questions candidates ask, so they can provide the information applicants need to make their decisions.