6 Signs You've Made The Wrong Hiring Decision

Oakstone International Executive Search: 6 signs you’ve made the wrong hiring decision

Oakstone International Executive Search: 6 signs you’ve made the wrong hiring decision


The first 2-4 months of a new hire are critical.

The first few months of a new employee joining a company is a test for you.  For them, it is to see whether they can do the job as well as they told you they could and for you (as the hiring manager) to see whether you made the right hiring decision.

To help avoid making the wrong hiring decision download our complimentary recruitment guides to help you, or put your trust into a professionals hands.  These warning signs might not mean you’ve made a bad hire but can indicate problems further into the new employees time with your company.

  • They make the same mistakes

Your new employee is bound to make mistakes, no amount of training can cover everything the job will entail, whether it a junior or senior role. However, if you have provided additional meetings and training sessions to go over the mistake you should expect your employee to not make them anymore.  Continuous mistakes may mean lack of attention and willingness to learn as well as being lazy and unable.

  • They wait for you to tell them what to do next

All employees need a little guidance when they start a new company, however after a few days or weeks you should expect some work initiative.  Employees who wait to be given the next step are unlikely to ever become a star performer.

  • They don’t get to know anybody

Office culture is an ever increasing necessity, it adds so many positives to your company including strengthening your brand, boosting motivation and productivity. If a new employee isn’t gelling with their colleagues it could mean they have problems working in teams or they might not plan on staying with the company long.

  • They don’t have any questions

Its impossible to know everything about a new job.  Your new hire should be asking questions – it shows engagement and interest in the position. Questions relating to the business are also a good sign meaning their still interested in learning more about the company they’re working for.  If they’re not asking questions it could mean they think they know everything about the position or are not motivated.

  • They compare this job to their previous jobs

Trusting the company you work for means trusting the way they do things.  If a new employee is constantly comparing your company to their previous one it could mean they prefer their old way of doing things.  They should be adapting to the way your company does things, its a big warning sign if they’re not.

  • They’re never there

If a new hire is late, always sick and is always taking extra-long lunches their lacking the motivation to want to be a great employee.  This is a red flag in any industry and level.

It’s not the end of the world if you make the wrong hiring decision – seek advice and gain others opinions on hiring in the future.