Okay, I have been in this predicament before.
I call the prospective applicant, we meet for coffee and he or she seems like a “good” person, so I offer them the position…
The first day on the job they seem like the perfect candidate and my head is high and my chest is out.
I have a new member to my TEAM.
The Force is with me. Day one is in the books.
Day three: I am wondering about quality, the experience does not seem to be the experience I had hoped for.
Day five: OH NO, I messed up again, but I can fix this…
“YOU ARE FIRED!”
Great, I fixed it…
…but did I?
I feel terrible, I wasted all that time and a week of production from a “team member” as well as the rest of the crew trying to get them on board.
But lest we forget, the individual I let down that I hired…
It is natural for someone you are hiring to tell us how great they are and they can do almost everything.
Some will even tell you they, “walk on water,” remember: they need a job, we need a Team member – someone who is part of our TEAM.
Was I too quick to hire?
What did I do wrong?
Is there another way to go about the hiring process?
I recently implemented the 11 Interview Questions for Hiring an All-Star.
I started off informing my perspective team member that this will be like no other interview that he ever had.
The questions flowed…
He paused, he thought for a while and presented me with heartfelt answers.
I just let him answer and didn’t say a thing.
One of the 11 Interview Questions I asked was:
“What type of person do you have difficulty getting along with?”
J.C.: “I usually get along with everyone, but if I had to narrow it down, it’s negative people. I like to work with people that are positive and take pride in their work. Not everything we do every day is fun, but you have to take the good jobs and the bad tasks and make the best out of each.”
The interview took approximately 50 minutes, but, in my eyes, was the most informative interview I ever had with a potential team member.
The response from him a few hours later via text to me:
“Ron, thanks for your time today for my interview. I enjoyed both being interviewed by you and meeting you. I can not believe I shared so much, you didn’t have much time to talk.”
Is it time you changed your interview process?
I am glad I did. Download the 11 Interview Questions for FREE here.
Welcome to the Team, Jim 😀