Mismatched skills most common reason for failed hires

A new survey is revealing what factors most often get in the way of employers hiring new workers.

According to Robert Half Finance and Accounting, the most common obstacle to hiring an employee is a candidate not having the skills that match the job they're applying for.

The firm surveyed 1,400 chief financial officers who had at least 20 or more employees. When asked, "Aside from poor performance, which one of the following factors is most likely to lead to a failed hire?" more than one-third pointed to a mismatched skill set. The next most common obstacle was unclear performance expectations at 30 percent and personality conflicts at 17 percent.

"Companies can't afford hiring mistakes, which are costly and can erode staff morale," said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of the firm that conducted the survey. "Finding the right match requires time and attention, and it's something even busy managers need to make time for."

While employers take many factors into consideration in the hiring process, one of them may be reviewing applicants' credit histories. Before sending out resumes, job seekers may first want to review their financial records and credit reports to ensure that unfair or inaccurate credit reporting isn't ruining their credit scores.