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August 23, 2021

Main Mistakes That Hiring Managers Make When Interviewing

It’s a well-known fact that not all employees are a perfect fit for the company.


The wrong hire can be detrimental to your business, and it's not worth taking any risks when interviewing someone who could potentially become an employee.


But how do you know if they're right for the job? How can you tell if they'll make a good fit with your team? Unless you learn from the mistakes that hiring managers have made in the past and improve your hiring process, there is really no way of knowing.


This article will help you avoid these common mistakes and hire better employees for your company.

Hiring managers should always have an open mind

When interviewing a candidate, hiring managers should not make any assumptions about their interviewees or jump to conclusions.


Hiring managers often make these assumptions without even realizing it - for example, a hiring manager may think that an interviewee is not right for the job because they are ‘too young’ or ‘too old’ for it.


Sometimes they also make assumptions about the candidate’s education level and work experience based on preconceived notions - it’s an interviewer’s job to look beyond what is on paper.


Unconscious bias training can help highlight such issues, but the most important thing is that Hiring Managers always remain open-minded throughout the process and avoid making any judgments until all of the interviews have been completed.

Hiring managers need to know what they are looking for in an employee

Before interviewing, the hiring manager must have a clear idea of what they are looking for in an employee. They should have a detailed description of the position on their company website, comprehensive job descriptions, and criteria before beginning to interview.


Most companies ask candidates about their formal education and qualifications, but real-world experience and soft skills are just as vital, if not more so.


Ask open-ended questions and be attentive, listening to answers and asking relevant follow-up questions when appropriate. Get to know your candidate - it’s best to allow for more time than you think you’ll need in case things run on for longer than expected.

When it comes to interviews, there is no such thing as "too many" interviews

Hiring managers need to keep interviewing until they find the perfect fit for their company.


It is important to gather data about the candidate so that they can choose the best one, and interviews are a key part of that process. However, employers sometimes make the mistake of interviewing too few candidates or choosing a candidate before their interviews are even complete.


This can cause problems down the line and result in a mismatch of expectations for them as time passes.


The most common errors made by hiring managers include:

  • Working with unchecked assumptions about job applicants instead of facts
  • Not following up on references to make sure they check out
  • Not taking the time to interview the right number of people
  • Not spending enough time on each interview


A great way to avoid making these mistakes is to simply keep interviewing until you find the perfect fit.


As social networking sites, such as LinkedIn and Twitter, have made it increasingly easy for employers to find new employees and vice versa, the need for a perfect fit between an employer and their applicant has increased as well.


If you want to avoid facing any of these common pitfalls when hiring employees, make sure that you are always open-minded during the interview process and get a clear idea of what qualities in candidates you're looking for before you start.


Remember there's no reason not to keep on interviewing until you've found the perfect candidate.


Finally, do not be afraid to seek out professional help when it comes to improving your interview process - after all, the quality of the decisions hiring managers make right now, will impact the longevity of your company. Feel free to visit our website for more information about this.


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