7 Secrets for Hiring Great Employees
Over the years, I've interviewed hundreds of successful managers about everything from corporate strategy to managing the occasional nutcase.
Perhaps the most useful among these conversations have been the ones where we discussed exactly how to hire great employees.
Based on those conversations, here are the seven rules every hiring manager should memorize:
1. If you don't know exactly who you're looking to hire, it's stupid to actually hire somebody.
2. Interview candidates even when you're not hiring so that you know who to call when you are.
3. Never hire somebody who wants the job. Instead hire somebody who will be good at it.
4. When it comes to hiring (and getting work done), two "5s" do not equal a "10" on a scale of 1 to 10.
5. A history of success in an unrelated field is more valuable than a resume full of experience.
6. People accept jobs because they like companies and leave because they dislike managers.
7. Never be afraid to hire somebody smarter or better-looking than you.
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GEOFFREY JAMES | Columnist
Geoffrey James was recently named a "Top 40 Social Selling Marketing Master" by Forbes, and his blog has won awards from the Society of American Business Editors and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. His writing has appeared in publications as diverse as Wired, Brandweek, and Men's Health, and he is the author of numerous books, including The Tao of Programming, Business Wisdom of the Electronic Elite, and, most recently, Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know.