There are a few things I look for when I’m hiring a new employee
The hiring process is far from simple. It requires a lot of thought, consideration, and instinct.
Finding the type of person that’s the right fit for my company means challenging new applicants to show me exactly how they work both alone and with others. I want to understand how they think and develop their ideas.
I work in a field that requires a lot of creativity and quick thinking, and if a job applicant can’t easily demonstrate that they aren’t going to be a good fit.
Obviously the first thing I’m looking at is their skill set!
They need to have an idea of what’s involved in the position they are applying to, and should be able to bring that knowledge to the table immediately. Learning on the job is important, but our positions require someone who already understands the field they’re working in.
The next step involves some creativity
I like to role play scenarios with applicants to see if they’re good on their feet. Can they think of good solutions to sudden problems? Sometimes creativity gets lost in the business world, and I want my employees to be able to think of the bigger picture. Role playing is underutilized in the application process – I think it demonstrates whether or not an applicant is capable of learning something new, understanding directions, and executing those instructions in dynamic ways.
Empathy and Awareness
I also believe it’s essential that the people who work for me have empathy and an awareness of those around them. If you are unable to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see from their perspective then you aren’t a good fit for my businesses. Our business is a community, and being extremely self-focused is bad for that dynamic.
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Additionally, having empathy means you’re more in-tune to what people want. Working with new inventions and entrepreneurs constantly, we need employees with good buying instincts. They need to understand what type of person might be interested in certain product.
Finally, you’ve got to be a self-starter. We devote a lot of time to training our employees so they feel prepared in the office, but if you’re too reliant on constant confirmation it can become a problem. Need to make a quick decision but the person above you is unavailable? You have to be able to tackle the job without a script.
“Experience tells you what to do; confidence allows you to do it.” – Stan Smith