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May 15, 2013
What to Do When You Make a Bad Hire
Do you know when you hire the wrong person for the job? Are there red flags that may let you know sooner that you've made a bad hire?
Here is how to spot the wrong hire and how to hire the right one when you do your interviews.
Ways to Tell You've Got a Bad Hire
Whenever you see any of these signs, especially in someone that has been newly hired, you are going to have the wrong employee for your business.
  • Attention Difficulties. If your new hire has a problem focusing on the job at hand or keeps getting distracted easily, they aren't going to get any better.
  • Attendance Difficulties. If within their first month of work they are frequently late or are already calling in, they aren't going to be a reliable employee. There have been studies to prove it’s a sign of a chronic offender.
  • Still at "Old Job." If you have a new hire that is constantly talking about how they did it at their old job, they aren't going to be able to bridge that gap easily. Hires that are often bringing up the job they had previously may also create conflict by constantly inferring the old job did it better, faster, easier, etc.
  • Too Assertive. Is your new hire a bit loud or confrontational? While being a little assertive is a great feature for an employee, one that is boisterous and temperamental is only going to be a concern. Before they start getting worse, nip that employee in the bud. 
Tips on Getting the Right Employee for the Job
Now that you know the warning signs of the bad hire, here are some tips on getting the position filled by the right candidate.
  • Question Everything. It is a sad but true factor that many employers take what they read on the application and what is said at the interview as the truth. Question what is said, especially if it doesn't make good sense. A candidate with 10 years experience may be great until you see that they are only 22. If it makes you pause, delve into the background and see if it's true. If they are lying to get the job, they aren't going to be an employee you'd like to hire.
  • Know What You Want. Don't go into the hiring process knowing you just need to fill Sally's old job. Know what skills are needed by the candidate and precisely what that candidate will be doing. The better you can narrow down these items, the better the fit will be when you hire them. Never just hire "someone to train later”; get what you need when you need it instead of later. 
There are always a few employees that slip through the cracks of the process and get in to your business and show their true colors.
While firing employees is never good (the cost of re-interviewing and training again alone is cumbersome), sometimes it is in your business' best interest.

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Tina Samuels writes for a variety of websites, including Intelius.com. Among the subjects she covers are small business payroll, social media, and merchant accounts. When not working, you can find her relaxing at home in Georgia.
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