50 First Dates is one of my favorite movies and my wife’s, go figure! Adam Sandler has a way of making a “date-movie” entertaining for dudes too. Imagine you were out on a very first date – or 2 or 3 or even 50 first dates. It is not likely during any of those you would culminate that evening with a marriage proposal, right?
So, when hiring, even after 5 or 10 different candidates carousel through your office, so should go the first interviews, NO HIRES. No matter how well it went, there should always be a call-back for a second interview / the second date. This soon-to-be employed individual you hire may actually be present in your life more than your own family over the next several years of 8-12 hour days. It is of paramount importance that you apply AT LEAST this one simple Hiring Truth: Be diligent, not desperate.
Never rush into hiring a prospective candidate. Use diligence, not desperation. This truth means, that while you probably needed to hire someone yesterday or months ago, you still need to hire carefully. Many expenses and legal obligations are assumed upon hiring a new member of the team; therefore, don’t roll the dice indiscriminately. Business and personal factors are also involved. Upon being hired, this new employee is going to be visible every day. He or she is going to bring a specific personality to the workplace, for better or worse. Their temperament will affect you and the existing staff; the “newbie” will now be part of your lives. It bodes well not to act in haste. Grant more importance to doing your homework and finding a better fit. Don’t merely hire any “warm body.” A little diligence will save a significant amount of time in the long run. Check out my 10 Hiring Truths eBook and Free video training.
It’s not that I want to create a bleak outlook on all potential candidates you interview, but the cost of a new hire alone should cause you to pause; you want to ensure that any new addition to the workplace is literally worth their weight in gold, or close to it.
Many business owners end-up hiring the first person who walks through the door. Others just hire the one they “liked the most,” ignoring test results, supervisor interview notes or some other “tell.” After the employee becomes an epic-fail, I ask, “When did you first know they weren’t going to work out?” The answer, invariably, is that there was some hint or sign during that first interview. Heed the Ten Truths and enjoy your expansion and success. Read The Naked Interview: Hiring Without Regret, you can learn to hire the right person the first time and every time.
David Lee Jensen is a Bestselling Author, Hiring Expert and Fortune 50 Speaker.