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The Art of Hiring

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The Art of Hiring

Yesterday on a whim I Googled “questions employers should ask during interviews,”

or something to that effect.   Naturally a ton of domains came up within split seconds, just waiting to offer help.

So why is there so much inferior hiring going on?  And please don’t tell me there’s a scarcity of good people.

Oh sure, when it comes to engineering and technology, there is indeed a dearth of candidates; but there are plenty of other job openings.

Recently two of my clients have gotten into QuickBook nightmares, with bookkeepers who proved to be incompetent.  This shouldn’t be.  There are plenty of bookkeeping services out there, not to mention the free-lance soloists.  The point is that business owners are in such a rush to find someone, they don’t ask the right questions.

 

Even agencies aren’t taking the proper amount of time to go through the vetting process.  

That means it’s up to you, Mr. or Ms. Employer, to dig deep.

It’s far better to suffer being short of help for a bit longer, until you find the right person, than to hire someone who showed up late for the appointment, is dressed in questionable attire, who can’t complete a sentence without saying “like” three times.  How long will it take for you to discover their mistakes, how many clients and fellow employees they’ve ticked of?  And, by that time, what damage have they wreaked?

This is pure common sense.  

An unaccountable employee can do a tremendous amount of damage in a very short period of time.

I’ll grant you that there are people who aren’t entirely truthful about their skills and work experience, who interview very well.  Don’t just go by your gut feeling, however.  Request references and CONTACT THEM.  I’ll admit that there’s a strict limit – and has been for years – on many of the questions you’d like to ask.  There are, however, ways to word questions where the responses will give you a good idea of the person’s worth.

If you have a small or growing business, each employee has to carry his or her weight.  You’re not a Fortune 250 company, where there’s appalling duplication, and many staffers get paid obscene amounts to do virtually nothing.  Where there are that many employees, it often takes quite some time for the less productive employees to be found out.

You’re not in that position, however.  You’re far smaller, and every employee counts.  Therefore, it’s incumbent upon you or your human resource person/department to be diligent about hiring.

Your business has a great deal riding on this thoroughness.


 

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Adrienne was a New Jersey public speaker and business expert for over THIRTY years. Now she’s a marketing and referral consultant. Denver and Northern Colorado have depended on her since her arrival here over 12 years ago.


Consulting and speaking to business owners and executives of growing businesses throughout the United States since 1977, Adrienne Zoble has guided companies toward marketing strategies that help them work smart, not hard.