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How to save yourself from hiring bad employees

Posted by Charlie Pasquale on Jun 14, 2019 10:00:00 AM

How to Save Yourself From Hiring Bad Employees

A bad hire can slow growth, frustrate your team, and make it hard to build a successful business.

And worse yet, it’s inevitably going to waste your money. 41% of businesses say they’ve lost at least $25,000 to a bad hire in the last year.

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So how do you make sure that you don’t hire the wrong person when the time comes? That’s what you'll discover in this post.

1. Write a Good Job Description

Hiring is a two-way street.

You’re looking for the perfect fit, and your candidates are evaluating whether they should come to your organization. So the best way to help prevent a bad hire is to proactively attract top talent.

You can accomplish this effort with descriptive, thorough, and engaging job descriptions that tell your candidates as much about your company as possible.

Here’s what you don’t want:

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This job description is vague, confusing, and unhelpful. Anyone who applies to it is taking a shot in the dark on your company, which isn’t how you want to hire someone.

So when you write your job description, keep these principles in mind:

  • Be relatable, and speak to your candidates.
  • Sell the job and your company.
  • Give task descriptions.
  • Don’t ask for too much.
  • Give a clear job title.
  • Stay away from negative language.

When your job description reflects the list above, you’ll attract better candidates who are suited to fill your opening.

2. Get Multiple Opinions on Candidates

You know what your company needs, but that doesn’t mean your opinion is infallible. That’s why it’s important to get second and third opinions from other people in your company that you trust.

It's best to adapt your interview process to include multiple people. You can either schedule panel interviews where multiple employees sit in or schedule numerous one-on-one interviews as your employees have time.

It also includes checking your candidate’s references. If a red flag comes up when you’re calling someone that the candidate has known for years, then you should be careful about hiring them.

It will make your interview process longer, but it’s worth it to weed out a potentially bad fit.

3. Ask the Right Questions

Hiring someone new shouldn’t be based on a “gut feeling” - at least not entirely. While some subjectivity will always exist, you should try to base your decision on the candidate’s ability to fit in as objectively as possible.

That means asking the right questions. Start with common ones, like from this list:

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You should also add in questions that are specific to the position you’re hiring for.

Weeding out candidates who don't have industry knowledge or expertise can save you from the headaches of training or re-hiring down the line.


Hiring new employees is no joke - and it’s not a cakewalk either.

If you want to avoid waste and build a team of rockstar employees, you need to put some effort into the hiring process.

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