Why CIOs Hire Bad Employees

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-25-2012
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You Go on Autopilot
Even if there are many applicants to bring in, you must conduct each conversation with an in-depth approach.

We’re sure at one point you’ve looked at one of your workers and thought, “How the heck did he ever end up in my IT department?” Every IT department has a couple of bad apples. In fact, 46% of rookie hires won't survive their first 18 months on the job, according to industry research. And 22% of turnover occurs within the first 45 days. These failures come at a high price: The cost of a bad hire can range from 1.5 to 3.5 times the salary of the employee in question. Clearly, this is something you’d like to avoid, but too many CIOs fall into the same, classic traps that keep them from making good recruitment decisions, according to Janco Associates. These mistakes demonstrate that optimal hiring practices require managers to walk a fine line. You can’t do it all on your own in interviewing and evaluating, but over-delegating can hurt too. You want to come up with a measurable system, but many necessary qualities are purely subjective calls. To help lend guidance, here’s Janco’s list of 10 common mistakes made--and how to avoid them.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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