Three Quarters Of Employers Regret Recruitment Decisions

Three out of four employers claim they regret some of their recruitment decisions, according to a new report.

The survey by, an HR consultancy, found that 74 per cent of employers answered ‘yes’ to the question ‘have you ever felt regretful about hiring a member of staff?'. Only four per cent answered ‘no’ to the question and 22 per cent said they were unsure.

The results of the survey indicate that the recruitment process has major flaws for a large number of companies, with staff regularly underperforming after being taken on. Some 63 per cent of the respondents said that underperformance was the reason they felt regretful, while one in five said they thought a member of staff had a bad attitude.’s co-managing director, Kirsty Birgess, said, “Terminating an employee’s contract is not an enjoyable task for any manager; this is why it is within the employer’s best interest to be make sure their recruitment processes are robust which gives more confidence that you are hiring the right staff for the organisation.”

The employers were also questioned about the staff member characteristics that they thought would be the most likely to lead to regrets among employers. Some 71 per cent said lying on a CV was their top no-no. The next most popular answer was simply not being good at their job. 

Geoff Newman from flat fee recruitment agency believes regrets are inevitable.

“Both employers and employees need to share some culpability with recruitment mistakes. Either through desperation or lack of thorough recruitment procedures mistakes will occur and there is no method guaranteed to be flawless. What matters most is that everyone learns from their mistakes, then adopts better recruitment processes and when the inevitable does happen and a member of staff is let go that it is done compassionately.”

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