Making the Hire

Hiring for a new position is one of the most critical things you can do.

Hire the wrong person and you will pay for it for a long time. Hire the right person and you will reap the benefits.

It’s really easy to hire the wrong person. You just hire someone for the job you wish you were hiring for. Or just hire a friend simply because they are your friend. You could hire someone that has all the right qualification but has no chemistry with your team. Hiring the wrong person is easy, especially in the time when you know so ay people out of work. You might be tempted to hire a friend who really needs a job. But if they are not the right person for the job, that is a recipe for heartache later.

Once hired, if you realize it’s not working out, the best thing you can do is cut them loose quicker rather than later. That is such a hard decision, especially if they have moved their family. If you don’t realize it isn’t working out until any trial period has passed, firing someone isn’t easy. Your organization probably has a process, and that process can take time.

It’s much better to make the right hire right out of the box.

I have heard the three “C’s” of hiring. You hire based on character, chemistry, and competence. Those three things must be present. Even if you have two of the three, you pass. I’ve seen people hire based on character and chemistry, only to find that the great guy they brought on cannot do the work. I once passed over hiring someone because of character.

On the other hand, if you can find a candidate that has character, great chemistry with the team, and the competence to do the job, most of the time it will be a great hire.