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5 Disastrous Hiring Practices That Could Wreck Your Company

By SiliconIndia   |   Monday, November 26, 2012
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Bangalore: Hiring is a skill learnt over time; it is easy to hire someone who won’t fit into your company’s vision, but this could be all the more disastrous for a small company. Take a look at some common beginner’s mistakes at hiring that could prove to be disastrous, as listed by Wallace Immen on

I don’t need a plan: You always, most definitely do need a plan. Every enterprise, especially a small one, depends on careful budgeting to survive the difficult economy. What does this entail? It means careful hiring and careful strategies for retention. Hiring your friends or people you worked with earlier may not always be a smart idea, as they may not have the requisite skills to take your current organization further. Define which way your organization needs to head, and what kind of an employee can steer it towards the goal.

I know a good hire when I see one: While it may be true that many HR experts hire based on instincts, they do so after years of fact based experience. For a beginner in recruiting, ‘judging a book by its cover’, so to speak, may result in not hiring talented individuals. They may be biased towards people who come from similar backgrounds or share similar ideology.

“He seems like a nice guy. Why check for references!”: This is a big no-no and overlooking this seemingly minor detail could result in lawsuit. Besides a former Yahoo! CEOand IBM President, many executives have been busted for lying on their resumes. The demand for talented people is huge in a small business. HRs may jump the gun and hire quickly to save time. This could just burden your small company with extra costs. Thorough screening is crucial. So call the references and ensure you have a good candidate.

“He is just too good for this job”: It is very popular for very good and qualified candidates to not get an offer simply because they seem good to be true. The general air of distrust around them springs from the fact that they may quit and start a rival company or that  they may take all your ideas and go to a rival.

Not letting go of bad hires: As any well seasoned HR expert would inform you, bad hires don’t just eat away the capital of the company, the time and energy spent in training them would also prove to be bad for your enterprise. While it may not be easy to get rid of a bad hire, this decision could save your company a lot of money.

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