There are a lot of stakes at play when hiring a new employee, especially for a higher level position. Your company will be investing a lot of money into this employee, and you’re banking on them to perform at a high level in their position. These stakes make it very important to hire the correct person for the position. You may be wondering why I said correct instead of perfect. The truth is that there is no such thing as a perfect employee. Every employee has their flaws and quirks, some just have less detrimental ones than others. For example, an employee who has difficulty with some database systems would be considered a better employee with less detrimental flaws than an employee who drinks on the job. So what are some of the pros of hiring the right employee and cons of hiring the wrong employee?
Hiring the wrong employee can have a spectrum of negativities. On the low end, the employee will simply perform poorly at their job, but it won’t be detrimental to the organization. The employee’s inefficiencies may cost the organization in some way, but it won’t ruin an organization. However, the organization will most likely want to let go of this person that is costing their company and hire someone else that will be the right person for the position. These people can be hard to detect during the hiring process, as their inefficiencies can be small and hard to uncover during the process. Thankfully, although they aren’t the correct person for the position, their issues won’t be detrimental to the company.
On the other end of the spectrum are the people that could ruin a business with their performance. These people are almost always in a higher up position in the company, such as a management or executive position, since you usually have to fail at a position with power in order to be detrimental to the company. These people can also have inefficiencies that can be hard to detect in the hiring process. Somebody that is being hired in for a management position may have all of the right qualifications, but may have trouble teaching employees some of the activities involved with their job. Obviously this will create poor employees, which in turn will hurt the company, possibly in a large way. These people that are detrimental to an organization should be let go of immediately, even if there isn’t a sufficient backup in place. If they are not let go, they have the potential of causing the business to fail out right.
Of course, there are bad employees in between these two extremes. Some employees will be on the lower end of inefficiencies but can still cause a decent amount of damage to the business. Other employees may have some extreme inefficiencies that just aren’t as detrimental to the company as they aren’t tapped into very much during their work. No matter what part of the spectrum the wrong employee is on, they are costing the company in more ways than one and should not be hired for the position you are looking to fill. But if these are all the bad outcomes of hiring the wrong employee, what are some good outcomes of hiring the right employee?
The right employee can be on a spectrum, just like the wrong employee can be. On the low end of the spectrum, employees will benefit the company minimally. They will do their job and do it efficiently, but it may not be the highest quality work. For example, they may be an executive that boosts a company’s profits, but the boost may not be very impressive compared to what others would have or have done. They get the job done and they benefit the company, thus you will probably want to keep them on for a little while. But another person in that same position could have performed better and benefited the company even more.
We find a lot of these people on the higher end of the spectrum. These are the people that go above and beyond what is expected from them in their position. Going back to our example of the executive boosting the company’s profits, the right employee on the high end of the spectrum will boost the profits far more than the executive on the low end of the spectrum. These employees will benefit the business far greater than what was expected, and businesses should be doing everything in their power to retain that employee for the long run. These employees can actually be easy to pick out in the recruiting process. They will have a solid work history and have a track record of success at their previous jobs. They will also possess many skills that are relevant to the job and even some that could help excel them in their position. Keep your eye out for these employees while you are recruiting. They may be rare, but hiring one could be one of the best investments your company will make.
The implications of who you hire can be huge. The wrong person can be detrimental, and the right person can be the best investment the business had ever made. Be careful during the hiring process, closely evaluate each candidate, and choose the one that has the best chance of being a great employee. It is always a slight gamble when hiring a new employee, but if you can hire a great one, it could possibly be the best decision for the business for years to come.