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Most business owners have experienced making a bad hire. Yet, worse than making a bad hire is failing to recognize it and acting quickly to minimize damaging consequences. Read on for tips on how to determine if you have made a hiring mistake and what you can do to remedy the situation.

- Ann Clifford, President 

Dos & Don'ts    


When interviewing candidates, should each candidate be asked the same questions?

                       (Answer provided at the end of the newsletter.)


7 Signs You've Hired the Wrong Employee


Behaviors of a bad hire can spread like a bad virus causing significant damage to your organization. Giving a new hire time to learn and develop is great, yet be on the lookout for key signs that they may not be cutting it. According to, here are 7 signs you hired the wrong employee:

  1. Constantly making the same mistakes
  2. Asking for lots of special treatment
  3. Constantly complaining
  4. Fellow employees are complaining
  5. An unwillingness to adapt
  6. Company morale is sinking
  7. Not taking initiative
3 Ways to Tackle Terminations


The only thing worse than making a hiring mistake is not acting swiftly to correct the problem. Terminating an employee is a difficult decision, yet it needs to be a business decision, not an emotional decision. Here are three termination strategies:

  • Terminate the bad hire; then hire a replacement.
  • Hire a replacement discreetly; then terminate the bad hire.
  • Counsel out respectfully; allow them time to find a job while you search for a replacement.
Hiring Tip 

Stop asking cliché interview questions (i.e. "Tell me about yourself?" or "What are your biggest strengths/weaknesses?"). Job seekers have become well-trained to provide answers that you want to hear. Use the interview time to gather information about past work experiences that support the key accountabilities of the job.

Answer to Today's Dos & Don'ts

"When interviewing candidates, should each candidate be asked the same questions?"



As a general rule, consistency is best.  Prepare an interview question guide for each position with behavioral questions targeted to their key accountabilities. The guide helps the interviewer stay focused and provides a basis of comparison among candidates. Based on the candidate's responses, be prepared to ask follow-up questions when a candidate does not clearly answer a question. 
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What percent of employee turnover is due to bad hiring decisions?


A.  20%

B.  40%

C.  60%

D.  80%


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Safari Solutions' recruitment process outsourcing services help companies hire better. Acting as a corporate HR partner, we help companies make educated hiring decisions by sourcing, screening, and evaluating candidates with a high level of due diligence. Hundreds of business owners have improved hiring results using Safari Solutions' Tiger Eye Hiring™ process.