You can learn a lot from years of hunting and hiring.
The Trick is to Know What You’re Hunting For
When you set out to hire, you need to know exactly what type of candidate you want. List all the traits that candidate would have. Do they need a certain number of years of experience? Should they be willing to travel? Do they have an MBA or another graduate degree?
Create your list, and always keep it in mind. You have to understand who you’re looking for before you start, otherwise you may wind up with someone who doesn’t fulfill your requirements.
Know What To Ignore
You should know what you don’t want in a candidate, too.
I know a CEO who gave the keynote speech at a COO training seminar, simply because he wanted to scout for a COO. He ended up writing off nearly everyone at the convention because they showed up late to the training seminar. He didn’t want someone who would brush off training, and he stuck to that—even when it meant getting rid of a lot of otherwise qualified candidates.
Knowing what you don’t want in a candidate is just as important when scouting for the right hire.
Don’t Be Afraid To Leave With Nothing
When hiring, don’t choose a candidate you don’t like because you’re desperate for anyone.
Remember, it’s always better to leave with nothing than to leave with the wrong candidate.
Preparation Is Key
A lot of companies put themselves in the opposite situation. They only hire when a gap appears. At that point, patience is no longer possible. They need someone now.
To avoid this, map out your hiring needs for at least one year out. Why? Because scrambling to hire someone is a sure-fire way to get the wrong candidate. Filling holes as they open leads to compromises, quick decisions, and less-than-ideal hires.
Have a plan in place for low growth, average growth, and hyper growth, so that you’re prepared for any situation.
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