The interviewer wants to know a bit more about your process when it comes to hiring. Discuss how you screen your candidates, and why you choose the employees that you do. Every manager has made at least one wrong hire in their career, but the question remains - did you learn from that bad hire, and how have you avoided making that mistake again?
Some common hiring errors include:
- Casting too wide a net in your description, resulting in a confused candidate pool
- Interviewing before you have a full scope of what your idea hire looks like
- Waiting too long to hire and then deciding out of panic
- Having too many decision makers in the process
- Not asking direct questions, resulting in vague answers
- Failing to do reference checks
"Earlier in my career, I did not see the value in checking references. I trusted my instinct, alone, and made a bad decision a couple of times. Some people can interview incredibly well, but it doesn't mean their work ethic is there. Now, I call 2-3 references, without fail."
"I imagine that one of the bigger mistakes when hiring new employees is hiring someone because you know them, or because a reliable source referred them. I understand that referrals can be great, but only you truly know what your business needs."
"The one mistake that I made a couple of times, earlier in my management career, was asking too vague of questions in my interviews. I didn't know how to interview properly, and it caused my decisions to be less informed than they should have been. I have taken a couple of courses on effective interviewing and now have some tougher, behavioral based questions, in the pipe for each interviewee."
"I worked at a start-up that was experiencing expansion, and I allowed the pressure to hire right away to affect my judgment. This resulted in hiring someone for a position he was not prepared to handle. It was unfortunate because, under normal circumstances, I knew this candidate could've worked out, but the pressure to produce fast results was too high for him, and I had to terminate his employment. What I learned was to know what questions to ask to help me determine how someone behaves under pressure."
The pressure to hire fast is a predicament to which the interviewer will be able to relate. This is a very solid response.
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