A bad hire to me is the person who was hired to fill a position in your organization that didn’t have the right skills to do the job or for a variety of reason, just wasn’t a good fit for the position they were hired for.
If not careful, hiring the wrong person can happen to all of us. Believe me when I tell you that I’ve made a number of bad hires in my career.
Bad hires have a significant cost associated with them. Think about the wasted time and cost of the damage done by a bad hire. Productivity, customer satisfaction, morale, wrongful termination and duplication of effort to name just a few of the typical fallouts of a bad hire.
My leadership tip this week is to draw your attention to the hiring decisions being made in your organization … because this routine task should be far from routine.
When making the hire, ask yourself and others in your organization that are making hiring decisions these tough questions:
- Do they fit into your culture and how do you know?
- Do they really want the job or do they really need the job?
- Is there good chemistry with the rest of the team and how do you know?
- Do they have the skills to do the job, plus some?
- How long before they start generating a return and can you wait that long?
- Do they have the potential to grow within your organization and what makes you feel that way?
- Are you being objective? If you ever needed to rely on objectivity, making a hiring decision is the time.
What other questions do you think you should ask yourself … because when hiring people to your organization, you must remember that you are adding to your most important resource … and you absolutely must get it right.