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Stop Wasting Time (and Money) on Bad Hires: Use Structured Recruitment Instead

That sinking feeling… one month in, and your new hire just isn’t working out. It happens more often than you think. Studies show that only about half of new hires actually meet or exceed expectations.

The problem? Old-school hiring methods. Focusing solely on a candidate’s skills and qualifications on paper doesn’t guarantee a successful hire. Just because someone looks good and sounds good doesn’t mean they can deliver in the real world.

An underperforming bad hire employee

But what if you could dramatically increase your chances of finding the right fit from the start?

That’s where structured recruitment comes in.

Structured recruitment is a smarter approach that helps you identify candidates who are not only qualified but also capable of thriving in your company culture and achieving real results.

Here’s how to implement a structured recruitment process.

1. Define Performance Objectives

Don’t just list generic skills. Outline specific, measurable outcomes you expect from this role within the first 6 months.

2. Craft a Performance-Based Job Description

Focus your job description on the desired performance objectives, not just a laundry list of qualifications. This attracts candidates who are results-oriented.

3. Ask Behavioral Interview Questions

Structure your interview questions to uncover relevant behaviors and skills. For fresh grads, ask them to give examples from their final year projects, internships, or extracurricular activities.

4. Use Situational and Problem-Solving Questions

Present realistic work scenarios and ask candidates how they would approach them. This helps you gauge their problem-solving abilities and how they might handle challenges in your company.

5. Score and Compare Candidates Objectively

Develop a scoring system based on your performance objectives. Use the same scoring criteria for all candidates to ensure an unbiased evaluation process.

6. Provide a Realistic Job Preview

Don’t sugarcoat it! Be transparent about the challenges and the exciting aspects of the role. This helps candidates self-select and ensures they’re genuinely interested and motivated.

The Benefits of Structured Recruitment

  • Reduces bias: By using a standardized process, you’re less likely to make decisions based on gut feeling or personal preferences.

  • Improves candidate quality: You’ll attract candidates who are aligned with your company’s values and goals.

  • Increases retention: When you hire the right people, they’re more likely to stay.

  • Saves time and money: Fewer bad hires means less wasted time and resources on retraining or replacing employees.

Ready to start hiring smarter?

Learn how to use structured interview questions here.

Discover how Kabel can help you find the perfect candidates here.

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