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Avoid These 3 Hiring Mistakes

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where-interviewingFind your top talent quickly and efficiently by avoiding these hiring mistakes that could take months of time and effort to fix.

1. Not involving the department in the interview process.

The department a new employee will be working in has unique insight into the position. The manager will understand how the employee will work, the reporting process, collaboration tools, and overall work culture. The other employees in the department will know how communication works and will be the people that new employee work most closely with.

Allow an employee from the department to meet your potential candidates to gauge whether he or she would be a good fit for the group and the position. You can also ask the employee to show a candidate around or introduce the department and answer some questions.

Make sure to involve some staff members from the department you are hiring for when screening or interviewing candidates. Ask them to give their feedback on how well the candidate would do in the position and add their insight to your own in order to avoid hiring mistakes.

2. Not being thorough with reference checks.

Work references provide a glimpse into what your potential employee is like in the office. Perform detailed reference checks with multiple sources in order to get a clear picture of the candidate before hiring him or her. Be sure to ask the right questions when you contact employee references and pay close attention to both their answers and the way they answer. Some potential questions include;

  • If the candidate was applying for the same position at your company, would you welcome him/her back?
  • What do you feel is the candidate’s greatest potential?
  • Is there anything that might hinder the candidate from being successful in the position?

3. Taking too long to make an offer.

Try to expedite the decision making process to avoid losing a great hire. The longer you make a candidate wait for an answer, the more likely he or she is to take a different job offer. Even if the interview process will take some time, inform your top candidates that they are on your list of finalists and give them a realistic schedule of when to expect your decision. Once you’ve decided to hire a candidate, respect his or her time and inform him or her immediately.


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Public Seminar: Behavioral Event Interviewing

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Behavioral Event Interviewing

From May 14 to 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the next installment in our HR optimization series will cover Behavioral Event Interviewing, a hiring technique wherein the interviewee is asked to describe an experience from a previous job. The expectation is for a job candidate to talk about his or herself in a way that is unrehearsed and authentic. Our public seminar will help you analyze behaviors and responses in a way that provides insight into job fit, ideal work culture, skills, knowledge, behaviors and more.

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The workshop will concentrate on pre-interview preparation, developing valuable questions, strategies and communication techniques. Participants will learn about costs incurred with wrong hiring decisions, develop a fair and consistent interviewing process, and prepare job advertisements for different markets. Attendees will also learn how to interview difficult applicants and effectively check references.

Course Outline

  • The cost of hiring errors
  • Why use behavioral interview techniques
  • How to get the information you need
  • Advertising guidelines
  • Communication skills
  • Writing the interview questions
  • Defensible resume screening
  • Developing an effective interview format
  • Ethical and legal issues
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Asking questions and listening for answers
  • Reference checks

The Behavioral Event Interviewing workshop is recommended for managers, especially those in HR, anyone involved in interviewing applicants, and recruitment agencies. The investment for attending is P9,520 including VAT.

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About the Facilitator

Dr. Maria Vida G. Caparas holds a Master’s Degree and Ph.D., Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology. She is an Accredited Trainer of the Philippine Government with invaluable experiences in Organizational Development as a Human Resource, Training and OD practitioner. She authored three books on Psychology/HR Management namely “Psychological Assessment: Theory and Practice”, “Uses of Psychological Tests”, and “Human Resource Management” and was a Trainer Delegate of DFA-Foreign Service Institute in Italy and Singapore in 1999-2000. Dr. Caparas is a recipient of various national awards and also a professor in prestigious universities.


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