Avoid Hiring the “Bad” Employees

Fri, Apr 13, 2012


Every company, especially HR managers, have their horror stories of the “bad” employees.  The worst ones seem to be the ones you thought would be star material, and they turn into rotten eggs the second they start.  We’ve included a few tips on how to ‘Avoid the Noid’, so to speak.

1.)   Involve other team members in the hiring process: The more perspectives involved in the process, the less likely someone will slip through cracks.  Also, it’s important that everyone in the workplace meshes well together and this is a good way to judge that before hiring a new employee.

2.)   Always check their references: Neglecting to contact former employers and references could lead to more trouble than it’s worth.  On average, it costs about $3500 to replace an employee who makes $8 an hour.  Any little thing you can do to save your company money will benefit everyone in the long run.

3.)   Use technology as a reference: Google a candidate.  Social networks can reveal interesting facts about them that you could never get from any extensive interview.  It can also uncover inconsistencies in their resumes.

4.)   Use your instincts: Your gut feeling shouldn’t be something you ignore.  You know your company and what is needed to make it function.  If it seems like this person just won’t be a good fit, then go with it.  It could be the simplest thing, but if it doesn’t feel right, then you’re probably doing yourself a great justice by declining the candidate.

5.)   Ask tough questions: Don’t just ask simple “yes” or “no” questions.  Dig deeper to find out as many details as possible.  Ask “why”, and “what makes you say that?”  This puts them on the spot and makes them explain what could possibly be scripted answers.  When you stray from their script, is when you start to see the real person.

Using these five steps can really help you avoid a bad employee. As an HR manager, you really want to avoid an employee that is just there to get a paycheck. Make sure you really know who you’re hiring in an interview to get the best employee you can get.


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