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Hiring employees? Here are 4 hiring practices you should stop using
When you're at the point when you are able to hire employees, you need to know what you shouldn't be doing when bringing on someone to your team. Sure, there are plenty of tested methods to vet a potential employee, but they could be outdated and not actually work anymore, and that's why I'm writing this discussion!
If you're just hiring anyone that comes through your door, you're not going to have the best team, and that's likely why you have a set system to bring people in. You can't just cold email someone, you can't focus on what they've studied in the past, you can't use a script to ask questions, and you must not use your gut to employ people at your business. Below I'll cover those more in detail.
Cold emailing potential employees
When you're looking for a potential employee, you're likely going to think that you should be cold emailing them, but I'm here to tell you that you should not do this. Cold emailing use to work in the past, but not anymore because no one wants to get a ton of emails from someone they don't know. Your cold email will either land in the spam box or it will get deleted right away by the person when they simply read your title.
Focusing on a persons GPA
One of the biggest things that annoy me is when a company will only hire someone that has a bachelors degree. It actually doesn't matter what type of degree they have, they just need one in order to meet a requirement, and by doing this the company is cutting out a ton of smart prospects who likely have 10x the experience for the position you're trying to fill.
I actually filled out a bunch of applications to see if I could get a nice job, with great benefits, and all I had to do was SEO and talk to customers who were already on board and explain what we were doing to their websites and why. Now, I have over 15 years of experience in the SEO and marketing field, but I don't have a degree because I started doing all of this while I was graduating high school. Do you think I know what I'm doing more than a kid right out of college with a degree in his backpack? YUP! But it doesn't matter because he has that little piece of paper and I don't lol.
Stop hiring people simply because they have a degree. You'd be amazed at how much talent is out there that doesn't have the degrees you require for your position, so give people a chance.
Sticking to the script when asking questions
This is one of the most annoying things when it comes to hiring someone, because no one is the same, so a script won't work on every individual. You want people from all over, with different points of view, and if you're using a script you'll just get the same answers. This means you're just going to be hiring duplicates of the same type of personality, points of view, and everything else. You won't have people looking at a project from different angles, and that means you will have a one track mind that doesn't branch out.
Having a "Gut Feeling" about someone
People are deceiving, so you can't really use your gut feeling to hire them, because you don't know if someone does great in interviews and does a horrible job after they're hired. You don't know if someone bombs interviews and can actually do the jobs of 10 different people in the same time frame of a single person. So, stop using a gut feeling and test people out before you write them off.
Hiring people for positions within companies has become robotic and unattached. I say this because there's always a set criteria to scare people off from applying to a position, and that's sad. Companies are cutting out plenty of amazing talent that could drive their companies to be even better, but these people don't have access simply because they don't do well in interviews or they don't have a degree.
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