How To Avoid False-Positive Hiring Decisions

There is an art to interviewing, and just because someone has mastered that aspect it doesn’t necessarily mean they are the right person to hire, which is why we want to discuss false-positive hiring. This is when you hire someone who excels during the interview but underperforms on the job once hired. How can you avoid making this fateful mistake? Follow these 3 steps to ensure that you aren’t hiring candidates just because they’re an expert interviewer.

Dig deeper

Many interviews feature the same questions. “Why do you want to work here?” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” “Why should we hire you?” And while these questions can be an effective initial gauge, it’s crucial to push candidates a little further in order to understand their true personalities and motivations. Always ask candidates to elaborate on their answers and ask further questions based on their responses.

Seek diversity

When sifting through resumes and conducting interviews, be sure to assess a variety of candidates. Seek diversity in gender, age, ethnicity, experience, and more. It’s been proven that teams with more diversity consistently perform better and are overall more successful. Additionally, this will allow you to avoid confirmation bias, wherein you hire someone whom you think would be suitable for the job without actually assessing their skills

Set clear expectations about the job (and follow-through)

When candidates have an idyllic concept of the job they’re interviewing for in their mind, they may just say anything necessary to get the job. To truly understand if someone will be a good fit, explain all aspects of the job, good and bad. Ask behavioral questions centered around the challenges of the position to avoid false-positive hiring. Pry the candidate on how they work on teams, individually, and how they like to be managed. Discuss 30, 60, and 90-day goals and how employees are evaluated at each stage. Be sure to follow through on those evaluations, and don’t be afraid to set high expectations!

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How To Avoid False-Negative Hiring Decisions

Hiring is a tough game in today’s market. There are all sorts of obstacles that could prevent you from hiring your next great employee. False-negative hiring is one of those hurdles that can cause you to miss out on incredible talent. When a candidate who would have been a great employee underperforms in an interview, leading you to decline their application, that is false-negative hiring. And because you don’t exactly know what you’re missing out on, it can be challenging to avoid! You can, however, try these 3 tactics to avoid a false negative hiring situation and land your next successful team member.

Help your candidates prepare for the interview

One of the main things you can do to level out the hiring field is to prep your candidates for their interviews. Those who are less polished at interviewing or who get nervous when put on the spot will appreciate having information ahead of time. Have your HR team send an email to candidates with all of the interview details; who they’ll be meeting with, parking details, relevant websites and social media, and even interview questions they can expect.

Don’t throw in oddball questions

While it may be trendy to ask questions like “how many rubber duckies fit in an airplane?” it’s not helping you hire lasting team members. Keep your interview questions straightforward. Every question should have a purpose behind it and add value to both the interviewer and the interviewee.

Be transparent about the hiring process

When your candidates understand the steps and timeline of a hiring process, they can be better prepared. Transparency will also establish loyalty to your company and excitement about the position. When candidates are left in the dark, wondering about the next steps or if they’re still in the running, they may pursue other options or simply feel distanced from the opportunity.

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