Good employees are hard to come by. Experience taught me a simple method to find and hire employees who turn out to be good workers and good people.
If, after three or four or five interviews, the candidate is no longer fresh and shiny, move on to another. If the excitement remains and you look forward to working with the candidate, hire him (or her).
People often do not like to be categorized or pigeonholed but organizing a business requires exactly that. Some people manage other people. That’s a hiring category. Some people grow into their jobs, improve their skills, and want to take on more responsibility (for more money, of course). That’s a hiring category.
Still others just want a decent job with satisfying work that pays well. Yep. Another category.
Here are a few names of people I would hire again and why I would hire them again.
- Cynthia – smart, articulate, willing to argue a point (in a proper manner), good at finding and managing others.
- John – tremendous technical expertise, good at finding appropriate solutions to complex systems.
- Craig – the little engine that could, good people skills, excellent temperament, superb follow through.
- Karen – every organization needs people who get things done, who can be counted on to deliver more than expected; that’s her.
- Alan – brooding disposition overruled by tremendous analytical skills and system knowledge.
- Aleece – exuberant verbal skills that match organizational prowess combined with dedication and commitment to projects.
- Darrah – insightful analysis, good understanding of people requirements, understated abilities.
- Tisha – nobody was better at taking notes and putting them to action.
- Carl – managers needs people who can do what they themselves cannot; and solve problems. None better.
- Danny – sales matter; having someone in charge of sales who also cares about win-win for seller and buyer is important to me. Danny understands.
There are many others that made my list, including James, Lisa, Sam, Barbara, Dan, Renee, John, and Jon but I don’t get paid by the word. Well, actually, I don’t get paid at all, but I thought it would be good to provide some methodology that may be beneficial to others, and some kudos to those who deserve it. Those are good people.
Hiring people is a risky proposition but it’s not rocket science; it’s methodology.
Hire those that work, hire those that can build teams, hire those that can deliver projects on time and within a budget, hire those who can analyze situations to the benefit of others.
Above those qualifications, I have found it best to hire those who are straightforward, honest, kind, and considerate.