7 Secrets for Hiring Great Employees

The most successful bosses share their secret hiring techniques.

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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Last updated: Oct 30, 2012


Geoffrey James, a contributing editor for, is an author, speaker, and award-winning blogger. Originally a system architect, brand manager, and industry analyst inside two Fortune 100 companies, he's interviewed more than a thousand successful executives, managers, entrepreneurs, and gurus to discover how business really works. His most recent book is Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know. If you enjoyed this post, sign up for the free weekly Sales Source newsletter.

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