How to Hire Great People and Succeed



  1. Hiring good people is a key factor in your success
  2. Think carefully about what you want
  3. Look for People you like

Hiring great people means success for a manager. It is not easy to do. In fact many fail at this task. This is a skill that you need to develop

It all starts with you and your personal values. What do you want tom accomplish? Give a lot of thought to this. Before you hire, know what you want. Think about what type of person fits with your team and the goals you are trying to achieve. Skills are important, of course. But, I believe that attitude and compatibility are even more important.

Keep on the lookout for the right people. They might be in another department, another company. You might meet them at a conference.

It may be hard to get the right people through traditional channels. Consider creative ways to recruit the team that will bring you success.

Listed below are some suggestions based on my experience as a manager and as a professor that may help:

Know what you need.

This sounds obvious, but many people fail right here. Exactly what is it that you need? Does your organization have a problem that needs to be solved? It is essential to be very clear on this point.

Hire someone you like.

Let’s say that you have several candidates for a position. Maybe one is even better qualified than the others, but you don’t feel comfortable with him/her. Another candidate is less qualified, but you do get along with that person. Logically, you would choose the best qualified candidate. I disagree. I have always believed in valuing compatibility over skills since you have to have a good working relationship with that person. Of course, you may have to justify your decision.

Are they trainable?

Every company has its own way of doing things. Look for indications that the person you want to hire is adaptable. (See Interviewing for Managers)Remember the motivation to learn and to make changes is needed for the current business environment.

Do They Get on Well with Others?

Will his/her personality fit in well with the others? Multiple interviews involving different levels of your company may be useful. Sometimes, it is difficult to get honest reactions, but listen carefully to what others have to say.

Do you value creativity and initiative?

Great employees have these qualities. They will not go to work for someone who does not value these characteristics. If they do accept a job, they will not stay if the conditions are not right.

Should You recruit someone you know?

I have done it and it worked well. Keep your eyes open in your own company for good prospects. The best person might be right under your nose. Sometimes you can offer him/ her a better opportunity. Go for it!

Published by pitman

I am a Business English Coach who works with managers and other professionals helping them to perform at their best when it is most important: such as a presentation, meeting with an important client, or a job interview. I am also a resource person for teachers of Business English.

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