Whether you are in a position to hire someone or are at the mercy of the hiring done by others, bad hires inflict costs on everyone including the person who had been hired.
To hire well, we must have three simple things:
- a clear understanding of the role,
- a clear understanding of the candidates for the role, and
- a way to compare the fit of any candidate to the role.
More often than not, though, we gloss over the first, guess at the second, and as a result struggle with the third.
What do we really need to do? Define the role by the desired results, not tasks. Capture the personal and technical talents needed to deliver those results. Screen candidates for those talents using formal assessments, background inquiries, and smart interviewing.
We will get better hires and save time, money, and grief.
To your continued success,