Today’s post, courtesy of CareerBuilder, dispels the top 10 ten recruiting myths floating around out there. There are many ideas and myths about the recruiting process and it’s unclear how they all get started. My hunch is that some of them are the ideas of poor recruiters and some of them are the ideas of hiring managers. The successful independent recruiter needs to overcome the myths and recruit in reality.
- Good interviews always select the best candidates: Unqualified candidates are hired every day because they perform well in interviews. Nerves often affect interviews and are taken as poor performance. An unqualified candidate may fool a hiring manager into thinking they are a great fit for the position because they present themselves well. The second eye of an independent recruiter may help differentiate a poor candidate with a good interview from a good candidate with a nervous interview.
- Good questions reduce hiring errors: Sure, it’s true that good questions will get you more information about a candidate. However, it’s important to make sure that you can adapt to the direction the interview is going and based on the answers of the candidate, develop other relevant questions. Also, listening is a key skill in interviewing. This may seem obvious, but it can be harder than it sounds.
- Experience does not compensate for lack of a degree: Although having a degree will likely get a candidate through the evaluation of the minimum requirements for the position, experience can sometimes balance out the lack of a Masters Degree or Ph.D. Consider giving candidates that fit the experience requirement a chance as well.
- An HR Manager or independent recruiter decides who gets hired: Higher level managers usually make the hiring decisions. However, the independent recruiter and HR manager play an important role in the initial screening of candidates.
- Managers should hire as many people as they think they need: It is important for managers to realize the financial issues that could arise when hiring candidates. Hiring more employees than the company can realistically afford can quickly drive your company into financial trouble. Always be cautious about hiring in anticipation of growth or sales.
What do you think about the ones listed above?