How NOT to Hire People to Grow Your Business

If you want to nourish your personal business success so you have the money you need to make a difference in this world you may need to hire people to help you. So how do you make sure you hire the right people to make your business succeed?

Let us look at the common strategies that work to find people but do not work to qualify their skills: 


Request CVs or Resumes from interested people


Ask friends to make suggestions of good candidates


Ask business colleagues to make suggestions of good candidates

Once you have possible candidates, typically, you or a hiring manager interview the candidates once or twice or three times and then check references, employment history and education for those that appear to be the best. Then you make your hiring decision.

Unfortunately, this approach does not really give you a chance to find out if the person you are hiring is really able to do the job.

Consider the following as an alternative approach:

If you are hiring a person to do customer service to welcome new clients don’t listen to their comments in an interview instead test them out in front of customers in your store or on the phone. You will find out if they have the ability they say they have. If you have the chance to have them work with an unhappy customer even better.

If you are hiring a yoga instructor test them out by having him or her teach a class and see if they shine. Hiring a web designer have them do some sample work for you.

Get the person to do what you are going to pay them to do. Many people can be great in interviews but terrible on the job. Make sure you don’t waste your time and theirs by finding out first can they really do the job before you hire them to do the job.

Don’t believe me instead take the best qualified people you find for your next business position. Do your regular qualification process and before you hire put the person in a ‘live’ situation and see if it changes your opinion on how well they will do.

Best of Success,


P.S. I also recommend you check out an interesting book that suggests you also take a candidate out for lunch to find out who they truly are. It is called Hiring the Best: Manager’s Guide to Effective Interviewing and Recruiting Human Resources & Personnel Management Books)