The True Cost of a Bad Hire in IT and How to Avoid It
Apr 6, 2023
The True Cost of a Bad Hire in IT and How to Avoid It
Apr 6, 2023

We’ve been in the IT recruitment sector since 1999, so we’ve seen firsthand the impact that a bad hire can have on a business. Hiring the wrong person for an IT position can be costly in more ways than one, and the consequences can last for months or even years. In this blog, we’ll explore the true cost of a bad hire in IT, and offer some tips for avoiding this common pitfall.

The direct costs of a bad hire

One of the most obvious costs of a bad IT hire is the direct financial impact. According to the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), 85% of organisations admit their company has made a bad hire. Shockingly, the average cost of a mid-manager level with a salary of £42,000 can cost a business more than £132,000. This includes the cost of advertising the job, screening candidates, conducting interviews, and training the new employee. If the employee leaves the company shortly after being hired, the costs can be even higher, as the company may need to start the hiring process all over again.

In addition to the financial costs, a bad hire can also have a negative impact on productivity. What if the new employee is not able to perform their job duties effectively? Other team members may need to pick up the slack, leading to decreased efficiency and potentially missed deadlines.

The indirect costs of a bad hire

Beyond the direct costs, there are also indirect costs associated with a bad IT hire. For example, a bad hire can have a negative impact on team morale. If the new employee is not a good fit for the team, other team members may become frustrated or disengage. This can lead to decreased motivation and productivity.

A bad hire can also damage the reputation of the company, especially if the employee interacts with clients or customers. If the new employee provides poor customer service or makes mistakes on important projects, it can lead to lost business and damage to the company’s brand.

The hidden costs of a bad hire

Finally, there are hidden costs associated with a bad IT hire that may not be immediately apparent. For example, a bad hire can lead to turnover in other areas of the company. If other team members become frustrated with the new employee, they may start looking for new job opportunities, leading to increased turnover and the need to hire and train new employees.

A bad hire can also have a negative impact on the culture of the company. If the new employee is not a good fit for the company culture, it can lead to decreased employee engagement and satisfaction. Potentially this can even lead to increased absenteeism or turnover.

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How to avoid a bad hire in IT

Given the many costs associated with a bad IT hire, it’s important to take steps to avoid this common pitfall. Here are a few tips for ensuring that you hire the right person for the job:

  1. Define the role clearly. Before you start the hiring process, take the time to clearly define the role and its responsibilities. This will help you identify the skills and experience that are required for the job. Additionally it will ensure that you’re able to evaluate candidates effectively.
  2. Use multiple methods to evaluate candidates. Don’t rely solely on CVs and interviews to evaluate candidates. Consider using other methods, such as skills assessments or personality tests. This will enable you to have a more complete picture of each candidate’s abilities and fit for the role.
  3. Check references carefully. Don’t skip the reference check stage, even if you think you’ve found the perfect candidate. Be sure to ask for references from previous managers or colleagues. And ask specific questions about the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses, work style, and ability to work well with others.
  4. Look beyond technical skills. While technical skills are obviously important for an IT role, it’s also important to consider other factors, such as cultural fit and communication skills. Look for candidates who are able to work well with others

In conclusion

The true cost of a bad hire in IT extends far beyond the financial investment required to fill the role. A bad hire can impact team morale, productivity, and reputation. It may even lead to increased turnover and decreased employee engagement. However, by taking steps to define the role clearly, evaluate candidates using multiple methods, check references carefully, and look beyond technical skills, companies can avoid the many costs associated with a bad IT hire.

How Langley James can help you avoid a bad hire

We has extensive experience in helping businesses avoid the costs and headaches associated with a bad IT hire. Here are a few ways in which we can help:

  1. In-depth candidate evaluation: We use a multi-stage evaluation process to assess candidates’ technical skills, experience, and cultural fit. This includes an in-depth interview, ensuring that we have a complete picture of each candidate’s abilities and fit for the role.
  2. Industry expertise: Our recruiters have deep industry expertise, with a focus on IT recruitment. This means that we understand the specific skills and experience required for IT roles, and can identify top candidates who may be overlooked by other recruiters.
  3. Extensive network: We have an extensive network of IT professionals, including both active and passive job seekers. This allows us to quickly identify top talent and connect them with the right job opportunities.
  4. Ongoing support: We provide ongoing support throughout the hiring process, including reference checking, and negotiation support. This ensures that both employers and candidates are set up for success from the start.

By working with Langley James, businesses can avoid the many costs associated with a bad IT hire and instead find the best talent for your needs. Our experienced recruiters are here to help, whether you’re looking to fill a permanent or contract IT role. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your business succeed.

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