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What mistakes have you made when you have hired new employees? What have you learned from those mistakes?

Example #1
"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."
Example #2
"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."
Example #3
"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."
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