“Removing Roadblocks on Your Path to Success”
This month: Think Before You Hire
We’ve been spending a lot of time with clients recently helping them undo the incredible damage that just one bad hire can cause. But now it’s time to focus on the positive!
Deciding it is time to expand your team an be an exhilarating decision, but a nerve-wracking one as well. Will you be able to find the missing puzzle piece that can help take your organization to the next level? And if you do come across a superstar, will they choose to join you?
As in many facets of business, we find that building a system is the best way to achieve long-term success. Internally, we have developed several hiring systems that we’ve used with great success and now recommend to our clients.
The best advice we believe we can give? Do your due diligence and don’t just go with your gut. The candidate you fell in love with during a 45 minute interview may turn out to be a much different person when you spend 40 or 50 hours per week working with them. Before you even start the hiring process we strongly recommend you complete this brief strategic exercise. It may mean the difference between hiring an average employee versus identifying a potential superstar who can help set your business on an impressive new trajectory.
Another recommendation we like to mention is to understand cultural fit and how it affects your hiring strategy. You can train the right candidate to do the job, but you can’t instill him or her with the right attitude or make them adapt to your organization’s culture.
We work with clients to help them build systems to ensure their own effective hiring. In addition to helping with workforce planning, we also have proven techniques for testing and interviewing candidates, and then evaluating their performance once they are on the job.
We always welcome your thoughts and comments. Let us know how you are doing, and how you plan to take advantage of this wonderful spring weather.
March 2011 Newsletter
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