Hiring (Hirer’s) Remorse: When The Interview Doesn’t Work & What To Do About It

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Sometimes called ‘Hirer’s Remorse’, this phenomenon is something any employer can relate to at one time or another. Hiring Remorse typically occurs within the first 1-3 months of an employee being hired and is often associated with feelings of regret and anxiety on the part of the employer or hiring manager, surrounding an employee hire.

Some employer behaviors and situations that are often associate with, or contribute to, Hiring Remorse include:

  • Rushing to try and hire new employees without a clear idea of how to do it.
  • Struggling to find the time, resources and people to help conduct effective interviews.
  • Stressing about the lack of practical, in-depth knowledge on how to interview to get the right employees.
  • Wasting time trying to find quality tools on employee hiring interviews
  • Frustrated due to hiring too quickly.
  • Discovering new hires’ words quickly didn’t match their actions.
  • Forgetting (or not knowing!) to ask certain critical hiring questions in the interview.
  • Regretting very soon after you hired someone that you’re stuck with the wrong person and then finding yourself trying to “make it work”.


Like I said, if you’re an employer who has experience doing employee hiring, then you can probably relate to one or more of these situations.

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So what to do if this has happened to you so you can avoid it in the future?

1- Organize yourself by writing or updating the job profile or description for the role you’re hiring for. How do you know what you want, if you don’t write it down and make sure it’s accurate? For this reason alone, I often call the job profile, the ‘Roadmap’ to an effective hire. 

2- Make sure you ask well researched, relevant questions that relate specifically to the requirements and qualifications of the job. Much like the job profile, the questions you ask, need to relate to the role you’re hiring.

Happy Interviewing!

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