Hiring good employees will make or break your business success. Creating success or failure when you're "shopping" for your new employee(s) has a lot in common with another kind of shopping - grocery shopping!
Imagine you've just gotten home from a long day at work. It’s spaghetti night at your house, and you’re looking forward to whipping up a tasty meal for your family. You open the fridge for green pepper, mushrooms and salad fixings.
Then you go to the pantry to grab the sauce and the pasta. Uh oh. Where IS the pasta? Damn!
You almost have everything you need to make a delicious meal, but you're missing something vital: pasta. Without pasta all you've got is sauce! What was going to be a tasty hot meal turns into a salad supper.
You end up making the best of what you had, but it's not what you intended, and it's not ideal.
Hiring Managers face this scenario every day in their quest for hiring good employees. An unexpected opening in a key position means the 'rush is on' to find a replacement. And just like a frustrated chef, the hiring manager sometimes ends up having to "make do" with what he or she finds.
That's because busy and overwhelmed managers often tend to hire the first person they meet whose background sounds good, and who says all the right things in the interview.
But oftentimes, before long, the Hiring Manager discovers - despite good intentions for hiring good employees - that the new employee is missing 'key ingredients.' The new guy is abrupt with customers, he lacks discipline, he can’t follow directions and he's defensive when anyone gives him feedback.
The new guy sounded great in the interview. The entire interview team liked him. But he can't get the job done because he lacks key personal skills needed for success. Things are not going according to the 'hiring good employees' plan.
Hiring good employees IS a lot like grocery shopping - mistakes happen when you're in a rush and if you don't have a plan or a list.
If you decide to bring 'the kids' along, (ie: your interview team) then there's opportunity for even more confusion because without a plan everyone's putting what that they like and want 'into the cart.'
Scattered focus and competing interests make your grocery shopping experience chaotic and harried, causing you to:
How can you end the confusion? How can you make sure
that you have the right 'ingredients' when hiring someone new?
The first step, and one of the most important ones, for a great meal and for hiring good employees is to have a clear vision and SPECIFIC LIST of the ingredients required for a good meal and a good job: a Grocery List for dinner and a Performance Dashboard for the job.
Interview and the hire people who have the professional and personal skills to meet the top priorities of the job (from the Position Performance Dashboard) and you’ll NEVER have to settle for 'just a salad' again!