We’ve discussed the topic of hiring mistakes before in this blog, namely because the margin for error in this current market is razor-thin. Talent is in such high demand right now that employers can scarcely afford to make a single mistake, much less multiple ones, in their quest for the best candidates.
In a previous blog post, we addressed “Two of the Biggest Hiring Mistakes That Companies Can Make.” Those two mistakes are as follows:
- Not letting candidates know where they stand in the hiring process
- Allowing the hiring process to drag on too long
Now, while those are two of the biggest hiring mistakes that companies and employers can make, there is another miscue that rivals them in terms of importance. That mistake occurs at the beginning of the hiring process.
It is often the first one that employers make when they decide they’re going to fill an open position or multiple positions. As you will see, it’s also a basic and fundamental mistake, one that can influence the effectiveness of the entire hiring process. That mistake is as follows:
Not knowing who the best and most qualified candidates in the marketplace are.
At first glance, it might seem unfair to expect that a hiring manager or other company official would know the identities of the best candidates in the marketplace. And it bears mentioning that we’re not talking about the best candidates who are actively looking for a job. We’re talking about the best candidates, period, regardless of whether they’re looking for a new job or not.
However, the logic is unmistakable. If you don’t know who the best candidates are in the marketplace, then it will be almost impossible for you to hire those candidates.
What it really boils down to is the caliber of the candidates that your organization wants to hire. You can either:
- Hire the best candidates in the marketplace, OR . . .
- Hire the best candidates who are currently looking for a new job in the marketplace
There is certainly a difference between these two groups of people. If your organization hires the best candidate who is looking for a new job, then there is absolutely no guarantee that person represents the best candidate available. In fact, chances are very good that they do NOT represent the best that is available.
That’s because, as we’ve mentioned before, the best candidates are typically passive candidates. They’re not actively looking for a new job, which means you probably do not know who they are.
And once again, if you do not know who they are, then it will be nearly impossible for you to hire them.
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