The 5 Biggest Hiring Mistakes Leaders Make [Podcast S02E11]

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 11 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this eleventh episode, Michele Cushatt and I discuss the five most common mistakes leaders make in hiring people.

Nothing can accelerate the growth of your business faster than hiring the right person. Similarly, nothing can derail it faster than bringing in the wrong person. If you are going to succeed in business (or even in a non-profit organization), you must get really good at hiring great people.

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In this episode, we talk about:

  • Why getting the right team in place is critical if you are going to succeed in your business or any other organizational endeavor.

  • Why a written job description is more important for you than even for potential candidates.

  • 5 key sections every job description should include—and why.

  • Why want-ads and job boards are the worst possible way to find the right person.

  • How referrals can help you if they are used right but how they can hurt you if they’re not.

  • Why you need to have a defined interview process before you ever interview the first applicant. (Do you?)

  • How to set up “multiple points of content” in the interview process to protect you from … yourself!

  • Why it’s helpful to take the final candidate to dinner—with their spouse. (This once saved me from—what would have been—a really bad hiring decision.)

  • The pluses and minuses of psychological tests, including the ones I personally use in my hiring process.

  • The single most important action you can take to avoid costly hiring mistakes.

Avoiding these mistakes will not guarantee that you always hire well, but it will dramatically improve your chances. Like everything else related to leadership, the important thing is to be intentional, even if your process looks different from mine.

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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this episode here, courtesy of Ginger Schell, a professional transcriptionist, who does all my transcriptions.

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My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Question: What mistakes have you made in hiring?

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In this episode I mentioned my job description template. You can download that here.

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