Risky Business: 6 Hiring Mistakes to Avoid


Risky Business: 6 Hiring Mistakes to Avoid

by William Vanderbloemen

Everyone makes mistakes in hiring from time to time. Unfortunately, they are costly mistakes. I read a study last week that stated that one bad hire and termination of a $100,000 salaried employee will cost a company on average $1.5 million dollars. Hiring is serious, and it’s risky.

Here is a list of mistakes I have seen. I hope it can help you avoid making one of your own. If you would like to hear more about this, I’ll be hosting a free webinar going over each of these and a few more hiring mistakes in greater detail. I’d love to have you join us! Email Chris at Church Community Builder for more details.

6 Hiring Mistakes
1. Hire fast. As a rule, churches hire too quickly and fire too slowly. Next time you are hiring, slow down a bit more than you think you should.

2. Wait until it’s urgent to hire. People tend to procrastinate, particularly in hiring. What ought to be an important-but-not-urgent hire is often put off until it becomes urgent. Start looking for people before you need them.

3. Qualify or disqualify someone too quickly. Seeing one thing that you really like or don’t like about a person can quickly turn into clouded discernment about other qualifications. Go one step further than your natural tendency in discerning a person before you make a final judgment.

4. Put too much trust in a resume. Resumes are great, but they are an introduction and no more. Don’t make too many decisions based on a piece of paper.

5. Hire too many people. Before you hire, ask yourself: do I need this position? Can we reallocate the work elsewhere? More and more studies are showing that a lean staffing strategy leads to a healthy church.

6. Hire someone because a friend told you how great they are. Great people aren’t always great for your staff. Talented people aren’t always a match.

Those are some mistakes I’ve seen. Without naming names, what would you add to the list? Join the conversation by sharing your comment.

This article was a featured guest post on Tonymorganlive.com.

Bruce Woodford

I would encourage you to check out a video called “In Search of A Biblical Church” on YOu Tube. If you search for “house church” on YouTube it is the first video that comes up.

A brother in Christ, (who used to be a hireling pastor in a corporate “church”)
Bruce Woodford


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