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Hiring Tactics that are Completely Foolish

The hiring process is tedious but vital. It is your job to sift through the candidates and find the best ones for your company.

While enduring frustration because of bad candidates or, to say it in better words, candidates who don’t fit your job profile is a part of your responsibility, enduring frustrating employers is not what candidates actually sign up for. There may be many good candidates waiting for their interview but chances are high that you will scare them off by asking stupid questions and playing stupid tactics.

In the business world hiring is an art and only a blessed few know how to do it right in the first attempt.

Here are a few tactics that you should avoid to get better at the hiring process:

Asking them to Perform

At the interview, the candidate looks to be his best and give his best. He looks to impress by showing what he is capable of. In other terms, we can say that he looks to showcase his talent through performance. Sadly some companies literally ask their candidates to perform. Why would you make your candidates sing and dance? Why is stage fright important to you? Such tactics will NOT help you at all. Au contraire, they will scare your candidates away and you will never hear back from the good ones.

Expecting them to Answer Silly Questions

A few years ago the trend was to ask super smart questions to trip the candidates and to test them under pressure. Soon big names realized that this was a bad tactic and that it in no way helped them filter out the unfit candidates. Now many companies are asking questions which are irrelevant and I have no idea why. Some of these questions are ridiculous and candidates are expected to think and come up with witty or brainy answers! A point to note here is that candidates who do come up with excellent answers are actually the ones who know how to make excuses when the need comes.

Do you really want such employees?

Expecting them to Butter you Up

Some employers go to the extent of directly asking candidates to rate them, to rate the company, and what not. You are just trying to get them to praise you. You, even though you will never admit it, know that the candidate will lie in his quest to stay in the race. Do you want to hire liars?

These tactics would not help in the long run and it is a wonder that some employers use them religiously. Don’t be one of them.

Entrepreneurial Learning

Using tactics that do not yield any result will not ease your hiring process; it will make it even harder. Be sensible and ask the right questions, check their talent, and then hire. Asking them to dance for you will not help your case.

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