3 Golden Rules for Successful Hiring

Right now as business owners, we’re all assessing and re-assessing key elements of our operation - from our business model to our marketing, from our team to our own role in the day to day - it’s that time of year.

We start to think about what’s worked well, and what hasn’t.  How the team have been working, and who in the team has taken more of our time and energy than we’re happy with.

Having the right team is so important for any operation.  Having individuals who give a damn, who are keen to learn, who respond well to feedback.  Those people who take ownership for their role and free us to focus on growing the business.

Sadly, way too many businesses are settling for people who were never right!

You know what I’m talking about.

People who take your time and sap your energy. 

People who live rent-free in your head – who your family and friends get tired of hearing about

People who the rest of your team are desperate for you to sort out.

Of course you didn’t intend to hire the wrong people, who does? So how did it happen?

Well it’s probably down to the fact that you didn’t stick to the 3 Golden Rules of hiring.

Rule 1: Never Hire in a Hurry

When you do things in a hurry, you make mistakes.  Tempting as it often is to rush into hiring someone to fill an immediate need, or to plug the gap from an unexpected departure, dont! 

So take your time, plug the gap with an interim contract, a temp – or share the role out between you and the rest of your team, until you can find the right person. 

Temporary pain while you carry out your search, versus long term pain from hiring the wrong person.

Rule 2: Always Hire to your Values

We’ve all been there – looking at a great cv, thinking how the individual’s skills could help the business, but having a gnawing in your gut that’s telling you to think again. 

How often have you ignored your gut and hired the great cv anyway?

And how has that worked out for you? 

Hiring to your values is an absolute must.  Surrounding yourself with people who believe in what you believe in, who share the same principles, who want to live their life to the same values that you do.

Hire for values, train for skill

Rule 3: Don't Settle

Never, ever, ever, settle! If you settle for someone who you know isn’t right, and allow them into your team, you’re building pain into your life for the long term. 

Yes, I know that when you’ve waded through loads of CVs and spent hours interviewing, there’s a real temptation to go for the best person you spoke to.  That’s great if they’re the right person, but what if they’re just the best of a bad bunch? 

Remember: you get who you settle for, so don’t settle for anyone who isn’t the right fit for you and your team.


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Marianne Page

Marianne is the author of three books, and is currently working on her fourth, whilst regularly writing her blog, we hope you enjoy it :-)


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