The top 10 mistakes employers make when recruiting

Recruitment is an important area for employers to get right as employing the wrong person for the job can often be damaging to a business and its reputation. However, in addition to selecting the most suitable candidate, it is important for employers to take steps to help ensure that the recruitment process does not leave them exposed to claims of discrimination or lead to other difficulties. In this article we look at the top 10 mistakes which employers make when recruiting.

Discriminatory adverts

Employers sometimes fall into the trap of producing job adverts which are discriminatory. Care needs to be taken when drafting adverts to ensure that they do not inadvertently fall foul of the Equality Act. Examples include advertising for:

  • A Spanish account manager when in fact what is required is an individual fluent in Spanish
  • An Indian chef when all that is required is an individual who has excellent authentic Indian culinary skills and experience
  • A candidate with youthful enthusiasm, which suggests the job is not open to older people.

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Andrew Chamberlain

Partner - Head of Employment & Chair of the SDE

I am a Partner, the National Head of the Employment Team and the Chair of the Service Delivery Executive (SDE), which is focused on building better solutions for clients.