One of the worst hiring mistakes you can make is letting go of a great potential job candidate because when you have a great candidate in front of you, hire them.
You need to avoid this hiring mistake as much as you can. You and your business will benefit immensely.
Don’t Avoid a Decision
Once the interview process is over, don’t sit and ponder your decision. You need to decide quickly. There is a good chance that the person you’re thinking of hiring had other interviews with other companies that saw them as the perfect candidate, too.
“Once you’ve been through the entire interviewing process, and followed most of the suggestions above, you have to make a decision.” – New York Times
The best candidates likely aren’t only interviewing for you, so if you want to hire them, don’t wait and second guess that decision. Get up and offer them the job before they take a different one.
Take Your Chance
Never sit back “hoping” that this great potential hire just decides to work for you. When you know they are the perfect person, call them. Waiting could cost you!
“You will lose most of the candidates who are in high demand during the late stages of your recruitment process—when currently employed top performers decide to enter the job market, they are likely to be quickly inundated with recruiting requests and offers, which means that often they will only be on the job market for a matter of days.” – Ere
Don’t wait for the chance that the candidate chooses you. This becomes especially important when you know your perfect candidate is on the fence about deciding to work for you. If you want them, then make the call. Don’t wait, asking HR how the candidate is progressing with their decision. Take initiative and convince them that you’re the employer for them!
The More Time, The More Money
Not only does taking too much time to hire someone potentially cost you them entirely, but it will also cost you money. The more time given to your hiring process, the more money it’s going to cost you.
“The hiring and training process can be expensive and time-consuming.” – COO Alliance
If you know someone is perfect for the job, why would you wait? Taking the time to overthink it or interview even more people uses up money you didn’t need to spend and gives the perfect candidate time to choose another job. Wasting time is costly in more ways than one.
When you’re hiring, actually HIRE. Business is a full-contact sport. Don’t just hope that great people join your company, take action, hire them, and convince them to choose you.
“33% of bosses know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether they will hire someone.” – Undercover Recruiter
Once you’ve done your interviews, if you found someone perfect, you’ll know it. If you have, don’t wait and start searching for more. Simply hire them.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in January 2017 and has been edited for accuracy and comprehensiveness.