9 Basic Mistakes When Hiring An Employee

We all know that hiring an employee is not an easy task, especially for micro-entrepreneurs who still do not have a human resources department and have to carry out this function on their own.

As experienced as you are as a manager and boss, it’s always good to take some aspects into consideration before hitting the hammer on a candidate. For this reason, we have prepared a list of the 9 worst mistakes when hiring an employee for your company. Pay attention to these oversights and hit the nail on the next hire! Check out:

1 – Think only in the short term

It’s okay that the demand for your company’s products or services has increased. Yes, it’s time to have another pair of hands in the company’s daily life, but would this increase in demand be temporary? Many businesses face seasonal peaks in demand, like ice cream parlors in the summer, for example. It may be that in a few months your company will find itself with surplus labor and an idle employee . In these cases, it might be more interesting to think about temporary contracts, outsourced or freelance services .

2 – Talk a little about the vacancy

When advertising a job opening at your company, be very careful when writing the job description. This directly reflects on the quality and curriculum of the professionals who will respond to your ad. Therefore, it is imperative that the description be as thorough (and true) as possible. No vague and very succinct announcements at this time.

3 – Trust the first impression

When interviewing a candidate, no matter how good the impression he leaves during the interview, try to investigate more about this professional before closing a contract . Often, our first impressions turn out to be quite wrong and we have to go through the whole selection process all over again.

4 – Not investigating the candidate’s past

How many employers actually check candidates’ references before making a hire? As rare as this type of check is, it is extremely useful. If your candidates do not provide references on their resumes, include a field to collect this information on the selection forms. Get in touch with former employers and check the reasons for dismissal , the quality of services provided and any information you consider necessary to fill the vacancy in your company .

5 – Rely only on the curriculum

Impressive resumes are a good first step to hiring an employee , but they shouldn’t be the only source of information for making the final decision. Also consider aspects related to the personality of the candidates. They must suit the needs of the position that the professional will occupy in the company. If it is a management position, it will hardly be possible to hire someone who is shy and lacks leadership traits , no matter how good their resume is.

6 – Hire the ‘cheapest’ employee

The amount of salary and benefits offered is also an important aspect of hiring. If you find the perfect candidate for the position, but who is unwilling to work at your company due to the salary offered, consider making the candidate a counter-offer. By settling for a candidate willing to work for lower values, it may be that you are also settling for the provision of a lower quality service.

7 – Not considering the costs of hiring

Yes, hiring has costs too! From the selection process (advertising vacancies, conducting interviews, checking references, etc.), to the actual hiring (checking documents, training the new employee, among other things), there are several expenses involved. For this reason, when considering hiring an employee for your company , you must also take into account the costs required for this process.

8 – Not planning the work environment

Hiring a new employee for your company, if it is related to the expansion of activities (and not the simple replacement of an old employee), requires planning . It is necessary to verify if there is adequate work space for the professional, if the existing equipment matches the functions that will be performed, among other adaptations in the context of the company. Failing to consider these aspects before hiring can lead your company to lose money , as it will have idle employees due to lack of space or adequate equipment, in addition to generating inefficiency if the work environment becomes too crowded.

9 – Disregard the costs of possible dismissal

Even if you’ve avoided all of the above mistakes, it’s possible that the employee doesn’t fit in well with the company or has to be fired for other reasons. In these cases, it is important for the entrepreneur to keep in mind that dismissal also means more costs for the company. There are labor rights and guarantees to worry about, such as prior notice, proportional 13th salary, vacation  and FGTS, among other expenses.

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