Hiring Pitfalls: How to Avoid Them
How many times have you taken a candidate at face value trusting that they will be who they say they are? Have you been impressed with the image a recruit puts forth in an interview only to have them morph into a completely different person two months into the job? Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re looking for new employees.
Don’t rush to fill a position. While you may need that person immediately, don’t let your need to get someone cracking on that billable time override your good judgment. Be particular. You don’t just want a warm body; you want someone who is going to go the distance.
Leave your gut out of it. Since appearances can be deceiving don’t let your gut instinct do the thinking for you. We all want to believe that our instincts are right on target and sometimes they are, but often it’s best to go with the cold, hard facts.
References. Since the candidate has control over who gushes about how wonderful they are, it’s best to approach references with a certain amount of caution.
Previous employer has nothing bad to say. Due to the potential for lawsuits past employers are hesitant to give information out about an employee that isn’t favorable. Also, some people tend to feel guilty about firing an employee regardless of how much it was deserved.
The interview was great. There are many classes and books out there on how to interview perfectly and some candidates are just naturally charming. With enough training prospective employees are going to anticipate what you want to hear and respond accordingly.
Stellar Resume. This falls somewhat in the same area as the interview. There are services available that can help a person spruce up that resume. It’s good to know where a person is coming from but always remember that what’s on paper doesn’t necessarily determine work performance.
High recommendation from a friend or other. Friends and colleagues may not necessarily mean to steer you wrong, but it does happen. It’s never bad to take the recommendation into consideration but be sure to weigh other important information.
Voice of the Editor
Which isn’t completely true. I mean, occasionally I drop by when I manage to sneak out of the nonstop frat party over at Going Concern, but I’m mostly a wallflower over there. I’m happy to say that I’ve been given express permission (or explicit orders, if you like) to wander over here to AccountingWEB more often.
Why is that, you might ask? My job is to replace the irreplaceable Gail Perry as Editor-in-Chief. What does that mean? I don’t really know! I think it’ll be fun getting a feel for things, throwing in my own thoughts here and there, and listening to the discussions you’re having about the accounting profession.