7 Mistakes You’re Making in Your Hiring Process | No BS Hiring Advice

Just like job hunters, you make a million mistakes, too. Here are two of them.

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Hi, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm a coach who helps people with hiring more effectively, job search, managing and leading, you know, stuff in the workplace that's getting in your way that keeps you from performing at your best.

I wanted to do a video today talking about mistakes people make in their hiring process that are easily correctable and will help you get better results. So I've got seven I've put together that I think will allow you to do a little bit better. I don't want to make it seem like it's a colossal improvement. But if you attract one person who's that much better, earlier in the process, you've saved yourself a lot of time and it solves your problem faster.

So here are the seven items I want to talk about today. There are many more, but here are seven I think you could speak to. Number one is if you posted job descriptions wherever you might do it, whether it's a company website or an online service like LinkedIn, or indeed or zip recruiter or wherever. You keep the job descriptions shorter. I'm not talking about a three line description, but I keep reading these job descriptions that sound like, you know, they're as long as the bible sometimes with 52 different criteria that's listed there that's an absolute requirement . . . that isn't. And, you know it and they know it, too, and they make fun of you. So keep them shorter and focus in on the things that really are important to you.

Secondly, when you write them, you try to be hip and cool, and it's a turnoff. Don't go crazy by being so casual, because you want to appeal to everyone. Yeah, if you're trying to demonstrate bias with hip and cool, and I say bias because you think you're going to target younger millennials and Gen Z candidates, to the exclusion of older ones, someone's going to call you on it and sue you at some point. So just recognize it serves your interests better to have more of a diverse population of individuals by using, shall we say, a tone that appeals to everyone and every body, than to be so casual.

And as for the language that you use, there's also the thing about using gender neutral words to illustrate what you're looking for and what the environment is like. So, for example, you don't want to talk about we're looking for "killers when you're trying to hire sales people. You don't want to talk about "strong, " "powerful." Women don't feel heard. If you start rolling your eyes, I'm going to smack you because the reality is there's enough data that very successful women don't respond to this. So, you can roll your eyes and you keep hiring a lot of the mediocre guys that you do but women aren't responding to this kind of stuff. Re-language it to be more gender neutral.

Another thing to remember is I think this is the fourth one so far. Yep. fourth item is, remember, we need to talk to people about what's in it for them? What's the opportunity like? Why should they join you? And with that, minimize the stuff (this is number five) related to, "we've got a fantastic firm here," and overhyping your organization. They don't care. They don't care. What they might care about is meaningful work. But if you talk about "We're a fabulous group of people committed to excellence, this is exactly the wrong language and message to send.

Another thing people do incorrectly is in the interview, you don't really tell them what success is going to look like. I coach people to find out how they're going to be measured and evaluated. But you need to be proactive with this and talk with them about how they're going to be evaluated in order to avoid misconceptions about what you're going to want them to do once they're on board. Remember, the more you can do proactively, the less or I should say,, the fewer headaches you'll have after they join. So, invest the time in doing this.

Lastly, and this is a small detail. Do you think you should write this and have it posted on Thursday or Friday when no one's looking at it? Earlier in the week is better. Monday, Tuesday. Monday, late afternoon, Tuesday during the day always works better than later in the week.

Hope you found this helpful. I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. If you're interested in my coaching, you, go to my website, TheBigGameHunter.us. There's a button on the homepage and elsewhere that says SCHEDULE. Schedule time for a free discovery call or just hire me for coaching. I'd love to help you. If you're interested in job search, I can help you with that, as well as Imanaging and leading, being more effective in the workplace, too. I also want to mention, subscribe to my channel on YouTube by clicking the small button in the lower right or the picture of me in the upper left. You'll get notified whenever I release something new.

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Have a great day and take careABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. "No BS JobSearch Advice Radio" was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

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JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1600 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Schedule a free Discovery call.

No BS Hiring Advice
No BS Hiring Advice

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally

with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.

Watch my videos on YouTube at JobSearchTV.com, the Job SearchTV app for FireTV or BingeNetworks.tv for AppleTV, Roku and 90 other devices

Join Career Angles on Facebook and receive support, ideas and advice in your current career and job.

 

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