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New Hire Training Mistakes You Never Want to Make


Are you in the process of training a new employee? Do you have a system in place for helping this person become acclimated with their position, as well as the company as a whole? Are you concerned about making mistakes that could hold you back?

It goes without saying that there are new hire training mistakes you never want to make. By avoiding these, you’ll find it much easier to get your employee up to speed in a fast and efficient manner.

Let’s examine five new hiring training mistakes to avoid at all costs:

1. Throwing Them Into the Fire on Day One

There is no denying the fact that many people learn best through trial and error, but you don’t want to throw your new hire into the fire on day one.

It takes a dedication to training to ensure that this person is in position to achieve success and contribute to the company in the days, weeks, and months to come.

At some point, you’ll need to let the person “fly” on their own. But before you do this, it’s best to provide the right training.

2. A One Day Approach to Training

While it may be possible for you to teach a new hire everything they need to know in a single day, don’t count on this being the case. You shouldn’t try to cram everything into a single day, as this can cause more harm than good.

For example, if you’re teaching a new salesperson to use AI to improve efficiency, it can take many weeks to get through everything.

Although you want nothing more than to move through the training process as quickly as possible, don’t rush this. And always remember one thing: not everyone soaks in information at the same rate.

3. Touching on More than One Subject at a Time

It’s easy to fall into the habit of touching on more than one subject at the same time. For example, you could find yourself jumping around from training on a CRM to discussions about customer service.

You don’t want to go down this path, as it makes it more difficult for the trainee to pick up on all the most important details.

Stick with one subject at a time. Once the person has a firm grasp of it, you can then move onto something else. You should never throw too much at a new hire early on.

4. Choosing the Wrong Trainer

This can be the difference between success and failure when training a new hire. The trainer needs to be effective in everything they do, as this is the only way to pass the necessary information along to the trainee.

If you have selected the wrong trainer in the past, think about why this happened and then do your best to avoid a similar situation in the future.

When you assign the right trainer to the right trainee, you can be more confident that the end result will benefit all parties involved.

5. Ignoring Creative Techniques

There is more than one way to train new hires, so you need to keep an open mind. For example, music can affect the way people think and learn. Depending on your company and the position, there may be ways to work this into your training schedule.

The “same old, same old” training methods may not generate the results you’re seeking. You need to think creatively, as this could be just what the person needs in order to quickly pick up and process the information.


There are many tips you can follow when training a new hire, all of which can go a long in helping this person achieve early success within their new position.

At the same time, there are mistakes you and your company need to avoid during the training process.

What are your thoughts on the best practices for training a new hire? Is there anything you always do? Is there anything that you attempt to avoid at all costs? Share your strategy and past experiences in the comment section below. You may be able to help another person implement a more detailed and efficient training process.  



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