The thick mist clouds your vision as you walk up the creaky steps to near certain doom. What spooky apparition or blood curdling dark figure waits behind those doors?
Let us be the first to welcome you to… HR Hiring Horror Stories… It’s like your favorite scary movie, but in your office and with a heck of a lot more paperwork.
No one plans to be part of a hiring horror story. Just in time for Halloween, G&A Partners shares a few timeless tales and tips to remedy these hiring horror classics.
BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (a.k.a. the Unqualified Relative)
There were more qualified job candidates, but the fact that she was the boss’ daughter-in-law gave her a distinct edge. Now that she’s in the position, it’s clear to everyone she is not suited for the job. If only you could have demonstrated that obvious fact to your boss before you were pressured to hire her.
The Potion – A well-defined job description is the perfect preventative potion for this monster dilemma. Before ever posting a position, carefully compile a job description that details the required skills and job experience you expect in the candidate you select.
THE DRACULA DRAIN (a.k.a. the Employee Who is Sucking You Dry)
You hired the new guy because you saw his potential to one day be the lifeblood of your organization, but it is always darkest before the dawn, and today this new employee is sucking up so much of your time and energy that you’re left feeling lifeless and drained.
The Potion – Take a cue from the movies and arm yourself with the proper tools to take on this vampire. Skip the garlic and silver cross – instead offer training to get the new guy up-to-speed on your company’s systems and processes more quickly. If your company isn’t large enough to sustain an ongoing training program, consider online training. While this more generic option may not teach him everything he needs to know about your company or his specific job, it may help quench his desire and keep him from sucking you dry.
THE WORKING WEREWOLF (a.k.a. the Post-Hire Metamorphosis)
The first time your newly hired employee showed up looking downright beastly, you gave her the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps this night crawler couldn’t wake in time to dry her hair or press her shirt. Over time, however, it became apparent that she has lost any regard for the power of “dressing for success.”
The Potion – Facing this problem can be a nightmare, but a company dress code is one surefire way to soothe the savage beast. As this monster’s supervisor, you can point to the dress code as the model for what is and is not acceptable.
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