How To Tell if You Are Hiring The Right Person
This week’s question from “Wednesday’s Unplugged with Yvette” comes from Laura.
Yvette, I’m ready to start interviewing for an assistant. Is there a quick way to know if I’m hiring the right person?
Great question, Laura!
Lemme tell you this is one of the top frustrations I hear from my clients once they start creating a team to help them grow their business. So you are not alone!
I’ve done my share of interviews while working in corporate and throughout my years as an entrepreneur. The best way to get a feel for the person you are interviewing is to have a light hearted conversation with them initially –just as you would if you were at a party socializing. Here’s why. You are checking for chemistry. After all, if you hire her, you will be entrusting her with your business! It helps if you actually like her, too 🙂
So, before you quiz her on her skills, find out more about her personality and demeanor. How easy is she to talk to? After things have warmed up a bit, talk to her about your big vision and goals and observe her interest level. Is she engaging in what you have to say? Pay close attention to this, it is important for you to be aware of your feelings during these interviews.
Is she listening to you? Does she sound interested in your business? Are you clicking with her? Here’s why – the right person will be ecstatic to hear about your company, its growth, your vision, how it all works. So, for example, as you talk to her about your company if she sort of leans forward and is looking at you attentively is a good indicator whether or not she is a good fit for you. If she is looking away, or around the room and just wants to get on with the interview she is probably not going to work out.
The key during the initial “getting to know” phase is to talk about anything but the job she would be hired to do. Save the details of her responsibilities and other facts that you may want to know for later in the interview. More importantly, follow your instinct and take notes, since you’ll probably be interviewing several candidates. Don’t hire someone on the spot even if she seems the perfect fit for you. Have several conversations and give her responses time to gel.
DO NOT forget to check references. Call all of them without fail. Check out client testimonials on the candidate’s website to see what her clients are saying about her. However, hold off on this deeper investigation until you have narrowed down the prospects.
There’s a lot more to interviewing, of course, but this strategy should get you started and well on your way to hire the right person. Keep these tips in the back of your mind for when you need to double check with your inner voice (aka instinct).