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Hiring New Employees? Avoid These Myths!

Hiring new employees requires time and money. Most of all, it requires the company to make important decisions when it comes to choosing the best candidates to fill in key positions. So, whether it’s your first hire or your umpteenth, there are factors that you need to consider to be able to make an informed decision.

The monumental task of screening, evaluating and finally choosing the best persons to hire can be made even more challenging by conflicting advice recruitment managers and employers may receive. In today’s fast-paced world, the recruitment process has and is changing, making old beliefs obsolete. Here are some common myths that no longer hold true nowadays:

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The person’s employment history speaks about his loyalty.

Job-hopping as they say used to indicate that a potential employee may not be loyal to a company. But it doesn’t have the stigma it used to these days. Some companies are cutting this stereotype some slack. This is because most employers these days are more interested in a person’s potential, talent and abilities, rather than his employment status.

Candidates with no related work history are not qualified.

Hiring managers used to favor only those with related jobs under their belts. But experts argue that employers should learn to identify transferrable skills to match those that are required for the position. These include interpersonal relations, effective communication, leadership, time management, etc. These make a candidate well-rounded, making him or her more effective for the job.

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An applicant’s answers during the interview tell you everything you need to know.

The best way to assess an applicant’s potential is to conduct an interview, whether face-to-face or through a video. However, a person who may be faring well on the interview doesn’t necessarily mean he is the most qualified. This is because interviews may be influenced by factors that aren’t actually important. Besides, the best approach to choosing the best candidates is not only through interviews, but also though tests, reference checks and assessments.

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