How To Hire For Success
So youíre at a place where you need to hire employees: how can you improve the odds that youíll hire well? Follow some basic guidelines.
1.††† Know what you want
The mistake we make is paying attention to the position and not the people. In order to hire effectively you need to have real clarity around what you want in an employee. You can teach someone a task. You canít teach someone attitude. So, put down on paper what you want in an individual. Start with the simple stuff like:
††††††††† They come to work on time every day
††††††††† They are positive
††††††††† They are good at working on their own
††††††††† They are team players
Now go deeper. What
is it that you really seek in employees. Do you want them to make decisions on
their own? Do you want them to be team builders or just team players? Do you
want them to be creative or stick to the script? The more you understand about
what you want in an employee the better youíll interview.
2.††† Know yourself
Who you are and how
you operate really matters when hiring. If you are the type who is very
hands-off, you donít want to hire people who need a lot of direction. See what
I mean? How do you communicate? How do you like to be communicated with? How
much time do you spend in the office? How well do you know the tasks of the
position you are hiring for?
Personality is key Ė
yours and theirs. So take some time to do an assessment of your style, beliefs,
and attitudes. You want to hire people who you mesh with. Donít hire them for
task and expect them to change to fit your style. Thatís just asking for
3.††† Interview for depth
I think itís
critically important to develop an interviewing process that is solid. It
deserves some real time and attention before you ever advertise the opening.
Craft your questions and put them in writing. These questions should not only
shed light on the candidateís skill, but on their beliefs and personality. You
are trying to get to know them on a deeper level. You want to be sure you are
hiring people who will fit with your culture.
Have other employees
interview them as well. Gaining the perspective of others, especially those who
will be working with the candidate, can help you make the right pick. If you
donít currently have employees, ask your advisors, trusted colleagues, or coach
to participate in the interviewing process.
Take care to give hiring serious attention. Who you hire will have a huge impact on the success of your company. Making good choices when it comes to personality, drive, skill, and fit will save you grief and downtime in the future. You donít want to be spending time dealing with staff issues if you can help it. And you can help it when you create a system to hire for success.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Diane Helbig is an internationally recognized business and leadership development coach, author, speaker, and radio show host. As a certified, professional coach, president of Seize This Day Coaching, Diane helps businesses and organizations operate more constructively and profitably. Diane is the author of Lemonade Stand Selling, and the host of Accelerate Your Business Growth Radio show.