Over the years, I have employed hundreds of people and always did what I felt was right, using a sixth sense. Possibly thanks to my own lack of experience, it’s meant I do not not follow a traditional process in an interview.
Recruitment decisions will make or break a company, so get them right.
Every time I’ve gone against my gut feeling I’ve made employment mistakes and every time I’ve taken a calculated risk based on instinct I’ve been proved right.
So even if it feels scary or seems risky, if your gut is telling you to go for it, do it. If you don’t, you’re likely to live to regret it. And who has time for regrets?
Lara’s Laws on Recruitment.
- Recruit well – employ the best you can and you will go further, faster and can expect greater returns.
- Trust your team.
- Go with your gut instincts.
- Take calculated risks in recruitment but when you are wrong make swift decisions to remove new people who will not be team players. You may outgrow individuals as your company develops; some will simply not step up – but there are responsible and intelligent ways to manage staff transitions into and out of roles to the benefit of all parties. Honesty favours the brave.
- Keep things open – time and effort and an open communications policy will save you valuable time and money.
- Focus on what you personally do well (which is not always the same as the things you actually like doing) and employ others for the stuff they are good at. You will inevitably be doing too much, be too busy at times. At these points always ask yourself whether someone else could be learning from the challenges you need to let go.
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