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The Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Hiring for a Job (and How to Fix It)

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  • The three steps you need to take to slow down your hiring processes without grinding to a halt so you can get the right people in the right roles

Source | www.entrepreneur.com | Caroline Stokes

The following excerpt is from Caroline Stokes’s book Elephants Before UnicornsBuy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | IndieBound

When there’s a talent gap in your company, you probably want it filled pronto. But what happens when you have a role you need filled yesterday? Let’s face it — finding a warm body is often the basic strategy when it comes to attracting talent. And the result is that undesirable characteristics in candidates are often overlooked.

But thinking only for the short term to get a position filled quickly can create serious long-term consequences. Following are three strategies that will help you make fewer recruiting mistakes.

1. Manage stress and enlist help

If you want to avoid a costly hiring mistake, you first need to be aware of how your own stress level is affecting your decision-making abilities and the people around you. A leader with strong stress management skills can identify when and how stress is impacting his ability to see things clearly. When he has practices in place that allow him to step away from the stress and clear his mind, he can come back to work with renewed energy and fresh insights.

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