Avoid These 5 Common Hiring Mistakes with Monster

If you’re the owner or manager of a small company you’re probably used to wearing many hats, but are you prepared to wear the hiring hat? Recruitment and hiring of new employees is a serious business that can directly affect the success of the business. If you’re not experienced in recruitment or hiring, using Monster to find employees is the best way to make sure that you find the kind of qualified, professional applicants you’re looking for. You can avoid these 5 common hiring mistakes by using Monster to fill your open positions:

1. Not recruiting the right kind of employees – No matter what type of business you have it’s very important to do a targeted search for the right kind of employees when you have a position to fill. If your business is in health care, then you need to find an applicant pool full of people that are experienced in health care. To do that you need to do more than just slap an ad in the local paper. Using a site like Monster will help you find applicants who have experience and education in the industry in which your company operates.

2. Confusing likeability with skill – When you don’t pre-screen applicants based just on their qualifications, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of hiring someone based on their personality and not their skill set. If you bring in employees for an in person interview too soon you may end up hiring someone that you feel would fit well into the dynamic of the office even if they don’t have the qualifications that you are looking for. Using Monster will help you make sure that all the potential employees whose resumes make it to you have the basic skills necessary for the job.

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Post a Job on Monster3. Basing your hiring on skills alone – Even though you don’t want to hire someone based only on their personality, you also don’t want to hire someone based only on their skills. An office environment is a small social system and the personalities of the people working in that environment are very important, especially if it’s a small office. Monster.com can help you avoid this mistake by letting you see the online profile of an applicant which will give you a sense of his or her personality before you even consider bringing them in for an in-person interview.

4. Not putting enough effort into recruitment – Finding applicants for an open job is easy but finding qualified applicants can be a lot tougher. If you’re not actively recruiting for qualified professionals in your industry you should be. Monster can help you learn better recruiting practices with free information and tools that will give you what you need to start a comprehensive recruitment program.

5. Not verifying an applicant’s skills – It’s well documented that people lie on resumes quite frequently. Just because an applicant says that they are familiar with a particular piece of software doesn’t mean they actually are. When you use Monster to find employees you can take advantage of Monster’s online skills testing to make sure that a potential hire really can use the software that they say they can.

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