September 14, 2021

170: How to Hire Great People

One of a manager’s most important jobs is to build their team. But hiring is often difficult and exhausting. And, it can feel like taking a shot in the dark because even with resume screens, interviews and reference checks, it’s impossible to really know how a person will be as a colleague.

Today’s episode is about hiring great people. In addition to looking for the right fit for the role, there are a few competencies that I always look for when hiring because if the person has these, it makes everything else so much easier.

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Read the related blog article: The Top Three Things To Look For When Hiring.

Key Takeaways:

  • In addition to hiring for values fit and skill fit, the top three behaviors to look for are (1) knowledge of self, (2) learning orientation, and (3) a “how might we” attitude.
  • Knowledge of self involves knowing your strengths, weaknesses and under what conditions you succeed; awareness of how you show up to others; and regular reflection on your behavior in order to improve.
  • Managing someone with high self-awareness allows you to partner with them by providing the context, support and assignments that will set them up to excel.
  • Growth-oriented employees seek feedback and appreciate the opportunity to improve, making it easier to give them feedback.
  • It is easier to manage someone who wants to grow and develop because you can trust them to take on new tasks knowing they will ask for help if they need it.
  • Employees who know their preferred learning style are able to more quickly integrate new knowledge or skills.
  • Proactive problem solvers have a “how might we” attitude and are able to figure out solutions without relying on you to solve all their problems.
  • It’s easier to partner with someone who sees setbacks as opportunities to be creative and find new solutions rather than getting stuck in what won’t work.

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