“Can they do the job?” is the question we commonly seek to answer when hiring. We use their résumés, interviews, and references to learn what they have done before and determine whether they can do what we need.
Of course, the best person for the job may not be the one with all skills or all the experience. We all have seen skilled and accomplished people fail after we hired them.
What we missed in those cases was attitude and fit. The other questions we need to ask are, “Will this person add to or detract from our culture as it is now and as we desire it to be in the near future? Can we work with them? What about our organization would prevent or support this person achieving the desired outcomes of this role?”
We still are asking the question, “Can they do the job?” Just a bit more broadly.
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