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How To Avoid Making Bad Hiring Decisions

Companies invest a good amount of time and money in their hiring process. This is so because a bad hire can be a liability while a good one can be a long-term asset to the company. Hiring can be a challenging and tiring job. Organizations need to make sure they look for candidates who have the potential and requirements of the job role and a vision that aligns with that of the company’s vision.

While companies don’t purposely mean to hire the wrong candidate, sudden vacancies and other pressing demands from the higher management can often result in rushed hiring decisions. This situation can be very testing for both the new employee and the firm.

Some best practices can help ensure that management efforts in hiring the right candidate are successful:

  1. Post an accurate job description

Job descriptions are the most important part of any hiring process. Candidates apply to the job description more than the title of the position. Ensure to post an accurate job description that highlights the candidate’s role and responsibilities, educational qualifications, and core competencies.

  1. Screen candidates thoroughly

From asking relevant interview questions and conducting reference checks to check the candidate’s criminal background, a company must carefully screen all candidates before rolling out the offer letters. Companies should also make good use of data analysis techniques to see if a certain candidate has the skills and experience to be successful in the current role.

  1. Ask creative questions during the interview

Most candidates have well-rehearsed answers for typical job interview questions like, “Why should we hire you?”, “Where do you see yourself in the next five years?”, etc. Hiring managers must put some thought into the hiring process. They can come up with creative questions that can both come as a surprise to the candidate and test their thinking skills.

  1. Help existing employees upskill

Not all bad hires are new employees. They are oftentimes an existing employee is promoted hurriedly or if their manager has overlooked their abilities. Organizations need to invest in their employees to achieve organizational success. They must conduct courses, urge employees to participate in different activities, and more to make sure a promotion is well deserved.

  1. Find competent people for management roles

Management is the backbone of any company. Those in leadership roles making important decisions must have the experience and competence to decipher what’s good and bad for their organization. Focusing on filling these managerial positions with a proficient individual is vital to the company’s success.

  1. Give assessments and personality tests

Going beyond the traditional interview process is important. An in-person interview or virtual video chat is not enough to determine if a candidate is the right fit. Assessing to test technical skills and conducting personality tests to understand the candidate’s traits can help the organization make better hiring decisions.

  1. Observe the questions they ask

While it is extremely important to ask the candidate all the questions that will help the organization know the candidate better, it is equally important to pay close attention to what he/she asks the hiring team during the job interview. This can help infer what exactly is the candidate seeking from the opportunity. This will also help determine the candidate’s interest areas and whether his goals align with that of the company.

  1. Prioritize company culture fit

Not everyone adjusts in every environment. Companies must understand their workplace culture to know what they’re looking for in a candidate. Gauging their values and interpersonal skills can help in determining if they would be a good fit for the organization and vice versa.

  1. Assess their strengths and weaknesses

Most candidates have an ongoing list of their strengths but asking them about their weaknesses can help the hiring manager evaluate their professional expectations for themselves and whether your understanding of them matches with their own. This process will also help identify their work ethic and personal goals.

  1. Clearly lay down your expectations

There nothing more relieving than having a hiring manager clearly lay down their expectations from the candidate. Try to be brutally honest to the potential employee so that they know what they’re getting into. This will help them decide whether they want to come onboard and reassure the company that they have hired a well-informed candidate.

  1. Don’t rush into making a hiring decision

Never take decisions in haste. They will be a waste of your and the candidate’s time. No matter how eager the hiring manager is to fill up a role, they must thoroughly screen and examine all prospective candidates and then make a hiring decision. This will help both the organization and the candidate be on the same page.

What is Hiring Talent: Right Person, Right Job course all about?

Given today’s business realities, it is more important than ever for organizations to utilize their resources wisely.  In any organization, selecting the right person for the right job is a challenge. When the challenge is met, turnover is low, morale and productivity are high, and great customer service is provided. This course is designed to provide information and skills to assess, build, and conduct high-quality selection interviews to decide on the right person for the right job.


  • Recognize the importance of selecting the right candidate
  • Calculate the cost of turnover
  • Explain the organization’s hiring process
  • Apply a four-step interviewing process
  • Identify job competencies and value behaviors for an open position
  • Create behavior-based interview questions
  • Conduct an effective selection interview
  • Decide on the best candidate


One bad decision can cost a company in numerous ways. So, just imagine if it’s a bad hiring decision? Hiring the wrong candidate can be frustrating and ultimately very costly for the company. Don’t you want to spend time hiring the right talent rather than rushing into filling a position with a bad hire? Every organization needs to attract employees who respect its business values and share the same goals and vision.

If you’re looking to understand elements that help in making sure the right candidate is hired for a role, this course will be the ultimate guide for you.

To enroll, contact P2L today!

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