Staffing Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

The new year has begun, and that means your clients are evaluating their budgets and making the move to hire for 2018. If you’re inundated with requests, you’re not alone. But, rather than rush to fill positions on your clients’ behalf, it’s important to take all the necessary steps to ensure you give them a good hire. Otherwise, it will cost you and the employer more money in the long run. In this blog, we’re going to outline some of the major mistakes that staffers and employers make during the hiring process, and how you can avoid them. The most proactive way an agency can protect themselves from litigation is to equip themselves with a Staffing Professional Liability Insurance policy.

Failing to prepare first.

Before you place that ad, make sure you know what (not who) you’re hiring. That starts with a current and accurate job description that outlines the work, not the worker. Meet with the manager to plan strategy and together, review the job description to get the perfect fit. Getting the duties right gives you the power to get the hire right. What are the most important responsibilities of the job? What do they do daily, weekly, monthly, annually? What experience, skills or degree is required? What physical requirements need to be met? Recruiter Box suggests that you consider all of these questions.

There are so many facets to a position and a person, so be sure to highlight these in the job description. Your clients probably haven’t taken the time to update it, so ask the important questions, especially as they pertain to the day-to-day tasks of the role and the company culture.

Posting jobs in the same places each time.

If you post your jobs in the same spots every time, you’re going to get the same applicants over and over. Cast a wider net and look outside the immediate local area when searching for the best candidate. Get a bigger applicant pool and encourage your clients to diversify their employees with different backgrounds and points of view.

Not utilizing technology.

Technology’s purpose is to make your job easier. Don’t sift through resumes all night trying to find a candidate who meets your client’s needs. Instead, invest in the software to sort through qualified candidates for you. This way, you can spend more time interviewing and asking the hard questions and finding the best fit. However, be sure to toe the line between utilizing technology and over-utilizing it, which can turn off your candidates.

Bypassing a phone interview.

This is the best way to get a feel for the candidate, their experience and their personality without taking up too much time. A 30-minute phone call can verify their skills and see if they have what it takes to make your client happy. If you choose to skip it, you could be wasting precious time and resources for an in person interview that could lead nowhere.


About World Wide Specialty Programs

For the last 50 years, World Wide Specialty Programs has dedicated itself to providing the optimal products and solutions for the staffing industry. As the only insurance firm to be an ASA commercial liability partner, we are committed to that partnership and committed to using our knowledge of the industry to provide staffing firms with the best possible coverage. For more information about Staffing Professional Liability Insurance or any other coverage, we have available to protect your staffing business, give us a call at (800) 245-9653 to speak with one of our representatives.