Over the years, one of our most popular workshops is Accelerated Hiring. That’s because hiring great people is one of the toughest and most impactful of leadership responsibilities. A lot of hiring mistakes are self-inflicted. Some are a function of the organization’s approach (or lack thereof). As we come out of the Covid pandemic in the coming months, hiring will take off, and the competition for top talent will seem like a contact sport.
I love this article by Lou Adler about the 10 Things Managers Intentionally Do to Avoid Hiring Great People. We address almost all of these in Accelerated Hiring. See if any of these 10 things resonate with you:
- Filter candidates on skills and experience
- Target the wrong talent pool with the wrong message
- Using compensation to save time but prevent the best from being evaluated
- Looking for the person to fit the “perfect” job rather than modifying the job to fit the “perfect” person.
- Use of generic traits
- Believe gut feelings, first impressions and that the “halo effect” predicts performance
- Allow a hiring in your own image mentality to exist
- Use gladiator voting
- Accept a safe “no” vote with no proof that it’s justified
- Don’t make hiring managers responsible
Even the most experienced leaders can find it challenging when it comes to making such a critical talent decision. Are you guilty of any of these?