The "Tallest Pygmy" syndrome comprises ten basic hiring mistakes that I see companies making over and over again.
- Relying on “Fortuitous Self Selection” and hiring on the rebound
- Not identifying the job properly resulting in “Flying Elephant Syndrome”
- Focusing on experience rather than hiring talent
- Developing poor job advertisements
- Running Job Advertisements in the Wrong Place
- Not developing a large enough pool of candidates
- No screening process - only seeing candidates once or twice before hiring them
- Asking poor questions at interview and not identifying the candidate’s agenda
- No Employment Application, Reference or Background checks
- Not integrating new hires properly into the organization
Each of the 10 mistakes can really be easily eliminated and all it takes is a little bit of planning and a little bit more application. The productivity cost of putting up with mediocrity is enormous, and I developed the Edge Hiring Process specifically to address this issue.