You’re anxious to fill a position. You just want somebody, anybody, before the tasks of the role start piling up and burdening others who have to pick up the slack. So you hire someone who didn’t wow you… but they didn’t scream “no” either. This hasty hiring of mediocre candidates can actually hurt your business more than if you hired a bad candidate for the position for several reasons.
A mediocre employee is someone who is just okay at what they do. They’ll get the job done, eventually, and be satisfied with average completion. There is no need for personal growth, re-envisioning the company to compete with current trends, or creating new roles for themselves to advance professionally.
A bad hire is a bad hire. You know they aren’t the right fit and they either leave or get fired. Meanwhile a mediocre hire gives you no real reason to let them go… but they aren’t exactly taking the company to the next level. They’re likely to be complacent with where they are at for years, making the chances of them moving on slim to none.
It’s better to wait for the right candidate to wow you rather than hire someone who is ‘just okay’ for the position because you wanted it to be filled, especially in a small business where every employee has an impact on the company. A vacant position staying open for a few more weeks will be better for operations in the long term than putting someone in a role that they aren’t a great fit for. Not getting the right applicants? Try revising your job posting or posting the opening on other job search platforms.
For more advice on business management and building a successful team, read our other article Tips for First Time Small Business Managers.