The 6 biggest mistakes in recruitment

Finding the right candidate for a new role can have a hugely positive impact on your business, from boosting team morale to improving the performance and efficiency of your operations.

 Conversely, hiring the wrong candidate can be time consuming and costly, so it’s crucial to get it right.

Here are the six most common mistakes in recruitment – and how to avoid them.


#1. Drawing out the process

One of the biggest barriers to effective recruitment is having a long, inefficient hiring process. Candidates lose interest if it takes too long, or if employers don’t touch base for weeks.

Research shows that candidates tend to accept the first solid job offer they receive, so don’t give faster-moving competitors the chance to snatch them up.


#2. Not approaching ‘passive’ candidates

A surprising number of successful hires have come from direct approaches to passive candidates – those who aren’t actively job hunting. Passive candidates make up 75% of the world’s workforce, and neglecting them could mean you’re missing out.

This is where a recruitment agency can add real value. They know who to approach and how, and can source potential hires that you may never have connected with.


#3. Neglecting your reputation

Not having a solid corporate reputation and strong brand presence can be one of the biggest mistakes in recruitment.

Candidates research prospective employers just as employers research candidates. Almost 70% of job seekers wouldn’t take a role with a company with a bad reputation – even if they were jobless. Think about how you’re coming across online, and what it says about your workplace.


#4. Over-complicating job descriptions

Many employers underestimate the importance of a clear, compelling and honest job description. There’s a balance between not including enough information, and overloading it with too many duties and requirements.

The ideal job description should succinctly outline the overall purpose of the role. It should highlight key areas of responsibility, as well as the essential skills and experience required.


#5. Expecting too much

It’s tempting to expect candidates to tick every box in your job description, as well as having the perfect personality for your team.

While skills and cultural fit are important, the perfect candidate doesn’t really exist. Instead of waiting for what you consider an ideal match, focus on candidates who meet the majority of your requirements. Look for those with the right soft skills – everything else can be learned on the job.


#6. Having an underwhelming offer

Employers who are unwilling to offer more than the bare minimum to prospective staff will find themselves struggling. It will stop you attracting high-quality candidates, but potentially any candidates at all.

If you’re offering a £25k heating engineer role with 21 days’ holiday, and your competitors are offering £30k, 25 days’ holiday and a bonus scheme, you’ll miss out.


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