Common Mistakes Managers Make in Hiring & Recruiting 

by Jason Evanish, CEO Get Lighthouse, Inc.

How do you become great at recruiting? What are common mistakes managers make in this process, and how can you avoid them? 

Common Mistakes Managers Make

In episode 19 of the 'Creating High Performing Teams' podcast, we sit down with Erin Wilson, one of the best recruiters in Silicon Valley, to discuss the most common mistakes managers make in hiring and recruiting, and how you can improve your recruiting process using simple yet powerful steps.

This includes:

  • Bringing data into your recruiting process and asking the right questions to improve it
  • What to do instead of starting by writing a full job description
  • Why you should start interviewing before you're ready to hire, and other pitfalls to avoid

Listen to our episode on common mistakes managers make in hiring & recruiting

Show Notes:

  • Bringing data into your recruiting process. Ask questions like:
    • How long does it take you to go from first round interview to offer?
    • What is your offer acceptance rate?
    • How many hours are you spending per hire? The average is 300-400 hours, but can be 30-40 if done well. 
    • What is your churn rate in your pipeline (people accept other jobs - or choose to not continue)? 
  • Start small! 
    • Start with a user story, not a full job description. 
    • An example user story starts with just a few questions:
    • User story: 4-6 questions to make you think a little bit.
      • What’s the business need behind this hire?
      • On a scale 1-10, how hands on is this position?
      • How big is the existing team? 
      • What is the current composition of the team (Skills, seniority)?
      • In the first 6 months will the person will produce in the role? (Outputs not tasks)
      • What base skills are necessary for this role?
      • What compensation do you have budgeted for this role?
      • Have you hired for this role before?
  • The best companies in the world hire 1 person for every 7 they see. You do not need to interview 30 people to “geta feel for things.” 
  • “Execution still beats gimmicks every day.” 

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Jason Evanish

Jason Evanish

As the founder and CEO of Get Lighthouse, Inc, Jason and the Lighthouse team have helped managers grow their leadership skills in dozens of countries around the world. They’ve worked with a variety of companies from non-profits to high growth startups, and government organizations to well known, publicly traded companies. Jason has also been featured in publications including NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and Fast Company.

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