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February 8, 2015

Hire the Right People in the Right Way

Hiring the right people can be little like playing a slot machine—sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Even if you follow all the recommended best practices, you never really know what someone is like until they are doing the job. Here are some tools to help you improve the odds of getting someone right.Good fit

  • Carefully analyze the make-up of your team. What strengths do your current team members have and where do you need to bolster skills? Check candidates for the core competencies you need to make your team stronger and more productive.
  • Review the requirements of the job and decide if they still make sense. This is important if you haven’t had to fill the position in a while. Changes in technology, processes, and department direction may require a different skillset. Look to the future, too, and make sure new hires have what you need for the next 12 to 24 months.
  • Match candidates to your style. While you don’t want a team of yes-boss employees, you want to take your style and a candidate’s style into account. If you prefer a laid-back style that lets employees work independently to achieve their goals, you won’t like an employee who needs constant feedback. On the other hand, if you’re a hands-on manager who likes to work in the trenches with staff, a lone wolf, independent contributor won’t fit.

Getting the right person for the job is a challenge, but with some forethought and preparation, you can improve your odds of hitting a jackpot! See my blog post Find the Right Employees for more information.

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