Are you and your company regretting a recent hire? Did the candidate not match your expectations? We know how grueling the hiring process can be; it only makes matters worse when the candidate you chose is not who you thought they were. Here are a few things you can do to try to make the situation more manageable.
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Assess what the specific problems are
Not every employee is the same, and as a result, not every issue you may have with them is the same, either. One of your employees might not be a good fit for your company’s culture. Meanwhile, another employee might not be as skilled as they said they were during interviews. There might even be other problems that you haven’t identified yet.
The best position to take at the beginning is to assess what issues your new employee might be having in their new position. From there, you can take a plan of action to remedy the situation.
Letting them go isn’t always the right choice
Your newly hired candidate might be a great fit as far as your company culture, but they might not be quite up to the tasks that they are assigned. Perhaps they stretched the truth a little in their interview. Or, they’re just not adjusting to the job quite as well as you expected them to. They might even be resistant to suggestions or constructive criticism.
After you’ve determined that the employee is still a good fit for your company, but not the current job that they hold, consider shifting them to other positions where applicable. If an opportunity presents itself, it may even be a good idea to create a position for them instead. This way, their strengths as a worker can be fully manifested.
Make a plan for dismissal
If the new candidate cannot be shifted to a new position and they cannot adjust to their responsibilities, it may be time to think about creating a dismissal plan.
Cover all your bases. Make sure that the new hire’s workload is absorbed by other employees or by other departments. You might even be able to fill the position with one of your other employees who was looking at it before.
Prevent future issues
You need to make sure that you don’t hire the wrong candidate again. There are a few things you can do.
Reach out to your local staffing firm
Staffing agencies can help you make the right candidate choice. They have a large network of viable candidates for your open positions and can help you sift and sort through resumes, skills and traits in order to choose the right person. Even if they may not have the right person right away, they can advertise the position to help find someone quicker.
Contact us and we’ll do the heavy lifting to help find the perfect candidate for your business!
Reassess your application process
Writing job posts incorrectly can lead to missed opportunities. The best way to find the most-qualified candidates, and the best fit for your company, is to outline what the ideal person for your position would be like. This might include secondary skills, personality traits, additional experience, and other notes as necessary.
Reassess your interview strategy
If you think the interviews could have been better, reassess how you might be able to improve future ones. Don’t just “wing” interview questions; craft them carefully beforehand so that you know what to expect. While some interviews can be more free-form the longer they last, always keep an interview agenda handy for yourself.