Posted by Kevin Jarvis on 20 January 2015
In a competitive business environment, hiring the right talent is a key factor for long-term success.
Quality talent is crucial for business growth and longevity, as the right staff will increase morale, productivity, customer satisfaction and profits. For this reason, it’s important that a company shows off its best assets when hiring new employees.
As a prospective employer, if your organisation is struggling to find quality candidates, it could be that you’re making one of these common hiring mistakes employers make:
1. Lack of opportunities to advance careers
Candidates will be wary of joining a company where there is little scope for career development. Top talent tends to be the best because they’re driven to succeed and grow. As a result, they look for an organisation that will give them a chance to learn, stretch their skills, and be promoted as time goes on.
2. Poor management
Candidates notice a lack of management skills among the leadership team, or if the wrong people are involved in the hiring process. A disgruntled staff member might say a negative comment about their manager, or about the firm, which can easily turn off a prospective employee.
3. Clouded vision
Another area that can provide warning signs to a potential hire is clouded vision. Quality talent wants to work for a company that has interesting plans for the future. This will ensure the business stays viable and that jobs aren’t put on the line. It will also give room for internal promotions and new challenges. Make sure that those involved in the hiring process can clearly communicate short and long-term plans.
4. Lack of workplace culture and respect
All employees want to work in an environment that is supportive, positive and focused on the happiness of their staff. If candidates sense a lack of culture and respect at a company, they’re unlikely to want to join. After all, people want to enjoy going to work each day and be rewarded for the effort they put in.
5. Misunderstanding how to utilise an employee’s strengths
Strong candidates are those looking to develop their experience, and it’s vital a hiring manager understands how to best utilise these skills. It can also be helpful to discuss personal development during the interview process, as this shows a prospective employee that the company is committed to them long-term.