I have seen a lot of recruitment mistakes over the years. Here’s my top 3:

1. Not knowing exactly the candidate you are looking for Qualifications and experience are important but are they are necessary to be able to do the job? Candidates with the right attitude and a willingness to learn are worth their weight in gold.

2. Do not underestimate the importance of “fit” for your organisation “Fit” is about whether the candidate will be able to easily adapt to the ethos of the organisation and not upset the existing team dynamics. They should bring something new to the team.

3. Settling for “the best of a bad bunch” It is very tempting when you have an urgent need to fill a vacancy to make do. Unfortunately, this is often a case of “marry in haste, repent at leisure!” Shake your advertisement up a bit, wait for a week or two, use an alternative recruitment forum and consider whether your questions and/or your interview style are really getting the best from the candidate. Finally, always bring back your 1st and 2nd choices for a “chat” – it is amazing how often number two becomes number one, when you have a chance to evaluate the candidates in an informal setting!

What questions do you have on how to attract the best candidate?