Top 10 mistakes business makes in recruitment

1) Resume only rejection based recruitment
2) Prior and Lack of investigation into the actual role needed
3) limited or poorly written Job descriptions and Qualifications ( poorly written, Not relevant, poorly understood, generic, written by hiring manager, not accurate. too specific or too general...)
4) Thinking for today need vs. future need (box A needs candidate A, when a Candidate B has done it plus has C and D)
5) Hiring people "like themselves" vs. people qualified with competencies to achieve more.
6) Ill equipped or ill trained interviewers
7) A lengthy decision making process or indecisiveness
8) Having interviewers, candidates or applicant's work prior to hiring
9) Not being responsive, respectful or grateful or being misleading, inconsiderate
10) Doing what everyone else is doing instead of what is right for your company, culture or candidate.

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Comment by Elouise MacFarlane on June 3, 2010 at 8:19pm
This is excellently succinct and frighteningly true.
Comment by Michelle Miculinich on June 4, 2010 at 10:23am
It is sad that my company displays 7 out of the 10 of these. Now the next post should focus on how we can correct these issues.
Comment by Darryl Dioso on June 4, 2010 at 10:55am
Great post Susan!

I'm not sure what you mean with #8 though. 'Work prior to hiring'? Work for free? Work as part of screening process? Can you explain?

Comment by CJ Walker on June 5, 2010 at 7:59am
I really appreciate your comments and I couldn't agree more. It actually comes down to ethics and professionalism, doesn't it? I saw someone in each of your points - just have to make sure that none of them are ever me.
Comment by C. B. Stalling!! on August 28, 2010 at 9:37am
5) Hiring people "like themselves" vs. people qualified with competencies to achieve more people do this alot becase they are affraid of loosing their job if they hire super stars...
Comment by C. B. Stalling!! on August 28, 2010 at 9:37am
# 1 resume is just a snap shot....need to be open minded
Comment by C. B. Stalling!! on August 28, 2010 at 9:38am
must write a good Job descriptions
Comment by Sunil Suri on August 29, 2010 at 1:49am
Sandra, you have summed it up very well. There are lot of concerns with the recruiters today. This is half the story. There are lot of issues with people on other side of the table, involved in hiring. Point #5 in particular is the biggest hurdle in hiring senior/experience people. In discussions like "Should we hire people smarter than us?", I do not find anyone say no. But in reality very few believe and practice it. Recruitment is a very strategic activity. But if it continues to function the way it is now (10 points you have mentioned), gradually it will have a very negative impact on the overall business. The results will be visible ten years down the line. And it will be too late and too costly to recover from the damage. My view
Comment by Dr Simon Harding on August 31, 2010 at 3:04am
Good - short points - useful summary !
Comment by SeSee Munson on September 1, 2010 at 2:46pm
I am grappling with #7 right now!


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