How to Hire the Right Employee Every Time (Part 1)

 3 tips on improving and streamlining your hiring process 

Lisa B. Marshall
4-minute read
Episode #141

How much time have you spent thinking about and dealing with employees who are not doing their job well or need constant and close supervision? The management costs of hiring mistakes may be far greater than you think.>

Bad Hires Harm Your Company

What if you found out that one mistake was responsible for 80% of your employee turnover issues? According to Harvard researchers, that mistake has been uncovered: it is the hiring process. Traditional interviews, which are often unstructured and one-on-one, are poor predictors of employee performance on the job.  Bad hiring decisions happen when managers are unprepared, uninformed, or too subjective. In the end, poor hiring decision result in poor performance for the company.  

Unfortunately, most interviewers are not good at interviewing.  Often if an interviewer doesn’t like someone, they won’t get hired; competency is irrelevant.  And if an interviewer likes someone, incompetency is overlooked. Most interviewers, despite best intentions, favors people similar to themselves and often make a decision within the first five minutes. 

Here are 3 Quick and Dirty Tips to hire the right employee the first time and every time:

Tip #1:  Develop Written Job Descriptions

Take time to write or revise detailed job descriptions. If you don’t know what you really want or you want every possible skill in one person, you won’t be able to screen and evaluate your candidates properly. Each time you need to make a hire, craft a simple, practical, complete description of a realistic job for one person. That will suffice as your external job specification.

However, for your internal description, be sure to expand it to include a list of skill sets that are must haves, should haves, and nice to haves.  Also consider what values will be important to be a good fit with your team. The key is to have a balanced job description that is specific enough to meet immediate needs, but not so overly narrow that it limits you ability to find people who are creative problem-solvers and who have the ability to tackle new challenges.  


About the Author

Lisa B. Marshall

Lisa B. Marshall Lisa holds masters with duel degrees in interpersonal/intercultural communication and organizational communication. She’s the author of Smart Talk: The Public Speaker's Guide to Success in Every Situation, as well as Ace Your Interview, Powerful Presenter, and Expert Presenter. Her work has been featured in CBS Money Watch, Ragan.com, Woman's Day, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and many others. Her institutional clients include Johns Hopkins Medicine, Harvard University, NY Academy of Science, University of Pennsylvania, Genentech, and Roche.