The Most Common Hiring Mistakes

By Adam Robinson,
November 22, 2013

Let’s face it – hiring isn’t easy. And anytime you Google interview help,” you get conflicting information. So what are you supposed to do? Just keep doing what you’re doing? Eh, probably not the best idea. Let’s take a look at some of the most common hiring mistakes, and how you can keep from becoming a repeat offender. 

Interviewing alone

It’s not always easy to find the time, but interviewing with one other person in the room can make a world of difference. As the sole interviewer, you’re stuck trying to have a genuine conversation with the candidate while stepping back and evaluating their answers. That’s why it helps to have a colleague in the room. They can play one role and you can do the other. Easy as pie.

Taking their word for it

This isn’t to say that you should not trust your candidate, but you need to remember that you’re only hearing one side of the story. So while the candidate may be talking about an experience in which his/her coworkers weren’t pulling their weight, you need to keep in mind that may not be the whole story. Hireology’s Director of Product Development, Margot Nash (who has her MA in I/O Psychology) explains the candidate may simply be recounting a negative take on a normal experience. Think about it this way: No candidate is going to come out and say, “I just don’t like to take responsibility for my outcomes.” 

Not asking follow-up questions 

This directly relates to not taking the candidate’s word for it. By asking follow-up questions, you’re much more likely to get a better picture of the candidates abilities and experiences. Simply asking, “What is the biggest misperception people have of you?”, without asking them to explain is a waste of time. You want to know the details in order to help you make a more qualified hiring decision. 

Want to learn about the five other biggest mistakes and how to avoid them? Of course you do! Well here you go…


About the Author

Adam co-founded Hireology with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions through data and better technology. Adam is passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. Adam completed his undergraduate study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.

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