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10 Consequences of Hiring the Wrong Employee

Let’s face it; not everyone is a good fit for every company. Like wearing shoes too small, you can expect a lot of discomfort and agony if you hire the wrong person for your technical team. Here are 12 consequences that can happen when you hire the wrong employee for your IT position and a few tips that will help you avoid this situation.

1. Overwhelmed from Day One: 

When you hire an IT employee who boasts of all of the technologies they’ve used on their resume that’s a mile long, you might not ask about the extent of their experience. But if their experience doesn’t meet your need, you might hire someone who will be overwhelmed from day one. Leaving your existing team to hustle, do more work than is their fair share (and probably put in longer hours), and fix the new employees’ mistakes.

2. Communication Flaws Galore: 

When your team communicates effectively, your projects maintain their velocity, collaboration runs smoothly, and clients are happy. But then your new hire steps in and isn’t updating everyone on their project progress. Or misunderstands a client’s needs and runs with the project in the wrong direction. And no one notices until it’s too late. 

Avoid wasted hours, miscommunications, and general mayhem by hiring for a cultural fit, not just a technical fit. This means hiring someone you think can collaborate quickly and communicate effectively with your existing team. One way to ensure a good fit is by hiring from within. 

3. Quitting Quickly: 

In the blink of an eye, the new employee you hired is gone, and you’re left thinking, “what do I do now?” People quit jobs quickly for a few reasons. But the most common is a dislike of the position that they weren’t expecting. This is why it’s essential to communicate your employee expectations, what the role entails, and your company culture during the interview process. This will help each individual evaluate whether or not it’s the right fit for them before accepting your offer.

4. Leaving You in the Lurch: 

You’ve set deadlines with the expectation that your new hire would take a little time to adjust and then thrive with your existing team. But that hasn’t happened yet, and projects are falling behind. Or, worse, they leave entirely, and projects are at a standstill. If you don’t want to be left in the lurch, you need to avoid hiring the wrong IT employee the first time around.

5. Autonomy Mismatch:

Is this a collaborative position or one that relies on a self-starter attitude? There’s a big difference (though many positions fall somewhere in the middle), so it’s essential to communicate the level of autonomy in the role before someone is hired. Some technical professionals are lone wolves; others work better in a pack or with clear directions from a manager. Mismatching the level of autonomy your employee needs to succeed will result in discomfort.

6. Lower Quality Results: 

Suppose you don’t dig into the details of what this potential employee has done at the job and take their resume at face value. In that case, there may be a miscommunication, and you’ll be left with lower quality results than you were expecting. And while you can always take the time to train them and get them up to speed if you didn’t hire with adaptability and eagerness to learn in mind, they might not be up for the challenge. This is why it’s so important to get a thorough understanding of what they do in their current job and whether or not they spend their free time staying up to date with the latest technologies or if they’ve let their experience stagnate.

7. Best Employees Question Their Place: 

By hiring for a lead or senior-level position rather than promoting someone from your existing team. You risk the new employee turning out to be a dud. If that happens, your best employees may question their place and future at your company. This could lead to a lot more turnover than you were anticipating and really throw your technical team into a tailspin. This is why it’s so important to promote from within when you can and make sure your new employees are well vetted. Sometimes, this can be challenging to do on your own, which is why the help of a trusted, knowledgeable IT Recruiter may be your best bet during the hiring process.

8. Infectious Negativity: 

Maybe your new employee has all of the right skills and experience, communicates well with others, and is able to produce results that meet expectations. But you have this nagging feeling that something is wrong. Then, you see them complain during a meeting or insist that a project will never get done on time over and over to a coworker. That’s when you spot something you never thought to look for before: negativity. Hiring someone with a negative attitude can derail your team because it’s infectious. Negative people want to bring everyone down to their level (after all, misery loves company) and could leave your whole technical team feeling sour about new projects, the direction of the company, and more.

9. Lengthy and Expensive Hiring Process (Again): 

Is this déjà vu, or did you just spend all of this time and money trying to hire someone for this position to have to do it again less than a year later? This is why it’s critical to be thoughtful about each hiring decision you make for your technical team. On average, IT positions sit vacant four times as long as other open jobs. This makes the process more expensive and time-consuming than ever. Having to redo it because you didn’t get it right the first time can be a costly, time-consuming mistake that chills you to the bone.

10. Project Slowdowns and Burnout:

While this whole process is occurring, some of your technical team’s projects may grind to a halt or slow down significantly. If not, you may be asking your existing team to work consistent overtime and push past their breaking point, causing a lot of burnout along the way. The best way to avoid this is to hire for cultural fit, technical skills, and trainability or eagerness to learn. Focusing on these three pillars will help you find the right person for the job the first time around so your projects can sail smoothly across the finish line before their deadlines, not after.

Hiring the wrong fit for your IT team will haunt you! Avoid these 10 consequences by following the advice we’ve given during the hiring process. That will help you find the right employee who can thrive at your organization the first time around.

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