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Wondering if You Just Made a Major Hiring Mistake?

January 10th, 2012

As one of the top staffing agencies in the Northwest, we know that there are a plethora of good candidates out there; unfortunately though, there are also many willing to lie on their resumes or in the interview to get the job.

While many of these can be easy to weed out through effective hiring and screening techniques, sometimes a bad candidate makes it through the process and winds up on your payroll.

In certain cases, the situation can be rectified with proper training and performance management strategies; however, often times, a bad hiring decision results in lost productivity and lower morale, while also increasing your cost of doing business. That’s why it’s so important to spot a sub-par performer early on – so you can take steps to rectify the situation and keep your team moving forward.

To help you, here are some signs of trouble:

They have a bad attitude.

Starting a new job is a stressful experience. So if your new hire seems a little stressed during the first few days on the job, don’t take it to heart. But when they seem personally insulted when you ask them to take on a project or perform a certain task, then you’ve got problems.

You can start off by talking to them. Make him or her aware of their attitude with specific examples. Sometimes being made aware of their attitude is enough to induce better behavior in the future.

They don’t ask any questions.

This can mean a variety of things:

  • They’re in over their heads and don’t even know what to ask.
  • They don’t care that much.
  • They’re not good communicators.
  • They’re afraid of looking silly.
  • They think they have all the answers.

Any way you slice it, it’s not good. To deal with this situation, strongly encourage your new hire to ask questions. Pair him or her up with a company veteran who you think is a good match for them personality-wise. Your new employee may simply feel more comfortable asking a co-worker for answers rather than the boss.

They’re disrespectful.

You need your team to operate as a well-oiled machine that delivers positive results. But when one of those components is nasty to another or treats a co-worker or subordinate with disrespect it can upset your operations. Not only can it result in reduced morale and infighting, but if the new employee is acting in a harassing or discriminatory way, it can result in a claim against your company. That’s why it’s so important to deal with this issue immediately.

Schedule a private conversation with the new employee and offer specific examples of the bad behavior, making it crystal clear that it won’t be tolerated.

In the future, if you’d like some assistance in hiring for your company, let us know. As one of the top staffing agencies in the Northwest, we know how to attract top candidates and what red flags to look out for that indicate a poor performer. Get started now.

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