How to Stop Hiring the Wrong People

How to stop hiring the wrong people

One of the biggest and most common challenges facing business owners is finding, hiring, and retaining great people. Failing to get it right can lead to a consistent cycle of hiring the wrong people – which for business owners can be extremely costly and affect the company’s overall performance.

We often hear business owners complaining that “the right staff don’t exist”, but the truth is they do. The issue is how you approach and execute your people strategy.

Drawing on the wealth of insights from Mandy Johnson’s award-winning book, “Winning the War for Talent,” let’s delve into the top reasons why you can’t find the right people for your business and explore actionable solutions to transform your recruitment strategy.

Cracking the Code: Breaking Free from the Wrong Hire Loop

1. Recruitment is a sales process

Gone are the days when the right employees just come to you. We’re now operating in a competitive market. Business Owners need to use the same marketing and sales techniques that they use in attracting and retaining customers to recruit and retain the right staff.

2. Poorly defined roles

One of the primary culprits behind repeated hiring missteps is the lack of well-defined roles. Mandy emphasises the importance of creating clear and comprehensive profiles for each role within your organisation. Without a roadmap outlining the specific skills, experiences, and cultural fit required, you risk looking for candidates that don’t exist or recruiting for dead-end jobs.

3. Neglecting cultural fit

A mismatch between a new hire and your organisational culture can lead to disengagement and, ultimately, departure. Mandy’s insights underscore the significance of evaluating not just a candidate’s skills but also their compatibility with your company’s culture. When assessing potential hires, consider how well they will integrate into your team, align with your values, and contribute to a positive work environment.

4. Recruit for attitude, train for skill

While technical expertise is undoubtedly crucial, an exclusive focus on hard skills can be a trap. Mandy advocates for a more holistic approach, urging organisations to assess both technical and soft skills. Look within resumes and develop the art of hiring for attitude.

5. Insufficient Interviewing Techniques

The interview process is a cornerstone of hiring, but ineffective techniques can lead to inaccurate assessments. Mandy recommends implementing structured interviews that go beyond surface-level evaluations. Consider incorporating behavioural and situational questions to gain deeper insights into a candidate’s problem-solving abilities, decision-making processes, and cultural fit.

6. Ignoring Red Flags

In the pursuit of the perfect person for the job, it’s easy to overlook warning signs that may indicate a potential mismatch. Mandy’s guidance highlights the importance of paying attention to red flags during the hiring process. Be vigilant about inconsistencies in a candidate’s employment history, ambiguous career progression, or other indicators that may warrant further investigation.

Conclusion: Shaping a Successful Hiring Strategy

Breaking free from the cycle of hiring the wrong people requires a strategic re-evaluation of your recruitment process. By learning and applying the practical advice from Mandy Johnson you can transform your approach and make well-informed decisions that contribute to the long-term success of your organisation.

Elevate Your Strategy with People and Culture Masterclasses!

Now that you’re armed with the essential insights from “Winning the War for Talent,” it’s time to take your recruitment strategy to the next level. The People and Culture Masterclasses, are designed to empower business owners and people leaders to master the skills for finding, hiring, and retaining staff who will boost productivity and never want to leave.

Hosted by genuine people expert, Mandy Johnson, these masterclasses offer practical tips and personalised guidance to transform your recruitment and retention strategies.

Whether you’re looking to locate staff that are impossible to find, refine your employer brand, improve employee development programs, or create a winning culture, these masterclasses are designed to give you the practical tools you need make real change.

Why Attend the People and Culture Masterclasses?
  • Exclusive Insights: Glean insights from a recognised industry innovator, and guest speakers.
  • Practical Tools: Master practical tools and techniques to improve your people and HR practices.
  • Improve Business: Learn how to build a high-performance workplace where staff don’t want to leave.
  • Cultivate Company Culture: Find out how to select employees that fit with your company culture and workplace. 
  • Tailored Solutions: Receive personalised advice and solutions to address the specific challenges your business faces in talent acquisition.


Don’t miss this opportunity to revolutionise your approach to people and culture management. Elevate your strategy, attract top talent, and position your business for unparalleled success.

To learn more about the People and Culture Masterclasses and secure your spot today visit our website. The war for talent is ongoing – equip yourself with the knowledge and strategies needed to emerge victorious!

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