How Do You Know You Made the Right Hiring Decision?

Hiring is risky and stressful. If you recently welcomed a new employee into your organization, you may wonder, “Did we make the right decision?”

This question is difficult to answer, especially early on. However, you can look for some clues suggesting you and the newest member of your team are on the right track.

Is your new employee dedicated?

If you hired someone who immediately develops a track record of arriving late, leaving early and taking a sick day every week, you have a problem. And, of course, showing up is only part of the equation. Your new addition should have a strong work ethic too. You don’t want someone who chairs the company gossip club but can’t seem to turn any assignments in on time. To more accurately track and monitor performance, consider implementing 30-, 60- and 90-day goals as part of a long-term onboarding plan.

Does your new employee fit in?

Successful workers mesh well with the existing company culture. They demonstrate a commitment to the organization, its values and its mission, and they are valued members of the team. If your new hire complains about everything, clashes with co-workers and remains isolated, this is a bad sign. Talented employees build relationships and use their connections to create a better company.

Is your new employee working to improve?

Your new worker won’t be flawless. Who is? Instead of chasing after perfection, look for individuals who can learn from their mistakes. Even if your newest team member hasn’t hit all their 30-, 60- or 90-day goals, don’t count them out. Are they asking for advice and making changes so next time things will be better? Top employees want to push themselves, perfect their skills and take advantage of new opportunities. Is your most recent hire taking responsibility for their own development or simply following directions?

What If You Made a Hiring Mistake?

If you answered “No” to one or more of the questions above, you may have the sinking feeling, “We hired the wrong person.” What should you do? In some cases, you may be able to coach your newest team member or assign them a mentor to help them conquer their shortcomings.

In other cases, your best strategy is to admit your mistake as quickly as possible. If your newest worker is unhappy as well, you may be able to counsel them out of this job and into another. If not, remember, terminating an employee of three months requires less resources and has fewer legal repercussions than terminating an employee of three years. Don’t delay. The longer you keep a bad hire the more damage they can do.

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