Perfecting Your Hiring Process: 10 Essential Do’s and Don’ts


Are you tired of hiring new employees only to end up firing them in a week? You give them all the benefits you can and try to help them come on board as pleasantly as possible. In spite of that, they repay you by drooling on their desk the next day. Sadly, there are a lot of people that behave this way and there’s nothing you can do about it.

However, what you can do is improve your hiring process and ensure that you are finding the right people. Sure, it will take longer for you to find reliable employees but, once you do, they will stay with your company for a long time. Here are 10 do’s and don’ts that will help you achieve this. 

1. Do Have More Than One Interviewer

Interviewing individual candidates is essential. You need to ask them specific questions that relate to their habits, work ethic, experience, wishes, and so on. Just because you are interviewing a single candidate doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have help. 

When a single person is conducting the interview, it’s easy for them to miss important answers, visual cues, or the candidate’s hesitations. If you can, always make sure to have at least one person helping you with the interview as you can both ask different questions and notice important things. 

2. Do Include Practical Tests in Your Interview

For many different job positions, knowing certain tasks is essential. Simply put, if a candidate doesn’t know how to perform those tasks, he or she won’t be good at their job. This is why you should make sure to give them some practical tests that are vital to the position they applied for. 

You should do this even if you are willing to hire people who still don’t have the necessary skills. This can help you learn how their mind works and tell you if they have the capacity to learn what is asked from them.

3. Do Make an Effort to Be Open and Transparent 

If you want to hire good employees, you need to make an effort as well. Maybe you aren’t able to attract the talent you need because they are unsure of your business goals. If you want them to be open to you and be honest about themselves, you need to be willing to do the same.

Tell your candidates what they want to know about your business, how you work, what their day at work will look like, and what they can expect from you. This is how they will be sure that they’re making the right step by taking the job. 

4. Do Prepare for the Interview 

Just as candidates prepare for the interview, so should you. There is nothing worse than having stacks of papers in front of you when conducting an interview. This shows that you don’t know anything about them and that you haven’t even read their applications. 

On top of that, you can’t take the time to analyze an application and come up with important questions you can ask. At least make an effort to quickly go through the candidate’s application and memorize some important questions you should ask them. 

5. Do Check Their References 

Make sure to ask the candidate to give you their references during the interview. If they refuse, you can safely assume that they don’t have any or that you won’t get a positive response. On the other hand, if they give you their references, make sure to follow up on them and see what their past employers have to say about them. 

Ask them general questions about their work performance but also look to check just how valid their resume is. Try to see if they really have the skills that they put in their CV. 

6.  Don’t Be Too Professional 

Interviews can be very formal and awkward. This has become a standard, and people have actually learned how to behave during an interview. However, you shouldn’t be scoring candidates based on how well they mastered interviews. 

You need to conduct interviews representative of your company and your work environment. There is nothing wrong with offering coffee, having a casual talk, and letting candidates be themselves. 

7. Don’t Leave Anything Unclear 

If you ask a question and you still don’t get the answer you wanted, don’t be afraid to ask them the same question again. If an interview takes longer than you planned, don’t be afraid to stay longer or even schedule another interview. 

On the other hand, if the candidate isn’t sure about something, give them the opportunity to ask questions. Try to give them honest answers and address any issue they might have. 

8. Don’t Ask Personal Questions 

Personal questions are a BIG NO. No business organization should ask their potential employees about their relationships, family, or anything personal for that matter. If it doesn’t concern their job performance, experience, or skills, you don’t have the right to ask the question. 

Not only that this is how you will drive away potential employees, but you also might put your business in danger of a lawsuit. Furthermore, you will get a bad reputation which will make hiring even more difficult. 

9. Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Fulfill 

Making big promises during an interview could help you hire someone. However, after they find out that you lied to them, you will instantly lose their trust. Employees that don’t trust their organization will perform worse and leave as soon as possible. 

It simply goes both ways. You can’t expect your employees to be committed and open to you if you can’t do the same for them. 

10. Don’t Rush Things 

If you want to hire people who will be a good fit for your business, you need to be patient. Take your time to interview all of your candidates and extensively analyze their applications. Be prepared to skip many candidates before you narrow down the list to a few good ones. 

This is how the process works. Every company is different and finding employees that will fit into your culture requires patience and hard work. 

The hiring process is not the same for every business. However, these 10 essentials are a good guide that will help you make the right steps. If you want to retain quality employees, make sure to give them the benefits, development opportunities, and wages they deserve.