This article partly inspired yesterday’s post on my favourite interview question for new grads. It is so important to hire the right people for the job. The candidate’s strengths need to be a fit for the position and, if he/she is able to learn quickly and autonomously any missing skills can easily be trained.
If you know you shouldn’t marry someone you intend to change, why would you hire someone with the same intention?
A few years ago I fell into this trap. I was in need of some good people to fill a couple sales positions the business had open. A man came in, I’ll call Dustin. He had years of sales experience and seemed to really know his stuff. I invited him in and spoke with him in depth about his desires to join the company and what we were looking for. He did a great job, presented himself well, answered my questions the way I expected, and was interactive with the rest of the staff.
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