Hiring people effectively is probably the most important thing a manager can do to grow their business. Really? More important than sales? Than product? How can that be?
Of course sales, product and service are all important! But seriously, ask yourself how hard is it to sell if deliveries are screwed up? If invoicing and collections aren’t working, how successful will you be? Once you have more than 5 or 10 people, your people are what determines if you are successful or not!
So hiring becomes a hugely critical issue for your business.
So what are the three key questions to ask before hiring someone?
- Will you admire this person?
- Will this person raise the average performance of the group they are joining?
- In what way might this person be a superstar?
If you can’t find solid answers for all three of these questions, don’t hire this person. We all know there is more to hiring effectively than these 3 questions but they are a great way to quickly decide if you’re making a good decision.
What other approaches do you have for hiring people? Are there questions you have found to be most effective?