Every recruiter and HR professional has a horror story of a bad hire. The implications of hiring the wrong candidate can range from lawsuits to dragging down an entire workplace culture.
We want you to avoid hiring that person. Especially if you're a small business owner, where each hire you make has a greater impact on your entire business operation.
While you can't completely repel the wrong applicants from applying to your open positions, you can take a few precautionary steps to prevent a bad hire. Here are three ways to avoid hiring the wrong candidate.
1. Build out your company profile on JobsInVT.com
Each job posting you share on JobsInVT.com has a direct link to your company profile. Use this profile to your advantage to communicate what your organization is all about. Add a link back to your website, include your logo (if you're a Premiere subscriber), write a company description, and include any pieces of information that you would potentially want to know if you were a job seeker.
You can even highlight the types of people you hire, and how employees contribute to the mission of the organization. The more your company profile can showcase the ethos of your company, the more you'll attract the right people (and repel the wrong ones!).
2. Write clear job descriptions
This may seem like an easy one, but writing a clear and concise job description that piques the interest of a candidate is crucial. Your job description is a representation of who you are as a company. Make sure you take the time to review them before you post them online.
Also, make sure that your job description has a clear and concise title with strategic keywords. If you're hiring a Marketing Coordinator, make sure your description includes the key phrase, "Marketing Coordinator" in the title. By including strategic keywords, you'll be able to increase the number of people who see your ad through search and from email.
3. Share your posting
Instead of relying solely on job seekers to find your job posting, go out and share your posting with them. Proactively sharing your posting is a huge step to avoid the wrong hire.
A great place to share your posting is on your social media outlets. Your fans and followers already have an interest in your company. If you let them know that you have open positions, they're likely to share those positions with people they know. Not only does this help attract the right people, but it also spreads the word about your employment brand.
Avoid hiring the wrong person by implementing these tips into your job posting checklist. When you update your company profile, write clear job descriptions, and share your postings with your followers, you'll know that you're doing what you can to ensure you make the right hiring decisions.