5 Common Interview Mistakes Small Businesses Make

Small business owners have a lot on their minds.

Your small business is like your baby. It needs attention non-stop, even-handedness when things go awry, and vision to help it grow. So when the demand gets too big to handle alone, you realize you’ve forgotten one thing:

Your team.

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Yes, you’ve been so busy with the nuts and bolts of launching and growing a business, you didn’t spend much time assembling your own core dream team.

Hopefully this article caught you in time. If not…hey, better late than never.

Going forward, here are a few mistakes you’ll want to avoid when interviewing new prospects…

Top 5 Common Interview Mistakes Small businesses make during the hiring process:


Interview Mistake #1: Focusing too much on college degrees.

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According to a recent study by Pew Research Center, there has been a paradigm shift occurring among college educated millenials. They feel that in today’s marketplace, the most important skill is communication, followed by science and math (STEM) skills. This is a strong indicator of the value of skill (i.e. communication) versus just a piece of paper.

In reality, a college education alone is not designed for today’s high-tech fast-paced world of non-stop innovation. Nor is it an indicator of a candidate’s ability to successfully perform a job—and  most certainly not an indicator that the person is a good fit with your company.

No extremes here—a degree shouldn’t disqualify a person, either. You should just be looking for qualities in line with your company’s values and goals.

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