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Train Managers to Avoid Rookie Hiring Mistakes?

If you have not identified your critical needs, and how to screen for them, you’ll fail, says Susan M. Heathfield, blogging about hiring mistakes on About.com. Here are two more of her mistakes managers make.

7. Failure to Differentiate the Critical Job Skills

Everyone has a wish list for their ideal candidate, but you must select the three or four most critical characteristics to focus on. Once you have agreed on these, don’t “settle” on a candidate who does not bring them to your workplace.

And, we’ll add, you need to devise a test or simulation or series of questions that will allow you to determine whether candidates have the skill and qualities you have identified as crucial. Avoid leading questions (“Are you good at managing complex projects on budget and on schedule?” Who’s going to answer “no” to that question?), and be sure to probe (“How many people, how big a budget, what responsibilities,” etc.)


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8. Using Too Small a Candidate Pool

Many managers err by allowing a small candidate pool. If you don’t have several qualified candidates from which to choose, your pool is too small. Don’t settle; it’s better to reopen your search, says Heathfield.

How about your managers? Are they making mistakes? Do they have time to train? Sure, but training’s a hassle—authorizing, planning, delivering, tracking—and it’s easy to let this critical priority slip.

To solve this problem, BLR has created a unique and helpful solution called TrainingToday.

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Just as important, TrainingToday automatically documents training. As trainees sign on, their identifications are automatically registered. When the program is completed, the trainee’s score is entered. So, when you want to see who has or hasn’t yet trained on any subject or look at the across-the-board activity of any one employee, it’s all there, instantly available to you, your boss, an inspector—even a plaintiff’s attorney.

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The Leadership Library trains your managers on the fundamental skills required for successful team management and organizational communication.

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  • Business Writing Skills for Supervisors
  • Dealing with Change: How Supervisors Can Help
  • Motivating Employees: Tips and Tactics for Supervisors
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  • Workplace Ethics for Supervisors
  • Encouraging Employee Input
  • Negotiation Skills For Supervisors
  • Time Management for Supervisors
  • Professional Behavior: What Supervisors Need to Know
  • Performance Goals for Supervisors
  • New Supervisors’ Guide to Effective Supervision
  • Problem Solving for Supervisors
  • How to Manage Challenging Employees
  • Coaching for Superior Employee Performance: Techniques for Supervisors
  • Effective Meetings: How-to for Supervisors
  • Leadership Skills: What New Managers and Supervisors Need to Know

This turnkey service requires no setup, no course development time, no software installation, and no new hardware. Your employees can self-register, and training can be taken anytime (24/7), anywhere there is a PC and an Internet connection. Courses take only about 30 minutes to complete.

TrainingToday automatically documents training. As trainees sign on, their identifications are automatically registered. When the program is completed, the trainee’s score is entered. So, when you want to see who has been trained on any subject, or look at the across-the-board activity of any one employee, it’s all there, instantly available.

Course certificates can be automatically generated from within the training center and are automatically retained for recordkeeping purposes.

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