Hiring is a tough business. Bringing on the right people can make or break your team and your organization. Without the right leaders, team members, and employees your organization can be slow, unproductive, and inefficient. It is imperative to hire well so that you can make your organization function as effectively as possible. So makes a person the right one for your team? Here are a few guidelines:
- Competence - make sure the person that you bring on has the right skills, background, and experience to be able to do the job right away. If you are hiring for a leadership position make sure that they have the experience already doing the work that you are asking them to do and/or the appropriate skills to learn the right competencies quickly.
- Integrity - the right person will have a strong character, integrity, and do the right thing even when the going gets tough. There will be ups and downs in any job and/or leadership role and they must have the moral aptitude to perform well even through the valleys.
- Fit - the right person fits into the culture of the organization as well as the pay scale that the organization is willing to pay. There is a congruence between the organization's long term goals and the growth desires of the individual.
- Perseverance - the right person has the perseverance and resilience to make it through when the going gets tough. If they are committed, focused, and disciplined they will continue through as any issues arise and work through it with open communications, transparency, and good conflict resolution skills.