mind your business: Seven Tips for Hiring 'A' Players
The quality of your business depends on the quality of your team. A motivated, energized staff is the key to companywide success—you want "A" players, those colleagues who contribute disproportionately to the advancement and profitability of the organization.
If you can build a team of "A" players around you, then your job as a business leader or owner becomes much easier. You won't have to deal with endless crises, allowing you to focus on developing your organization's future strategy.
So how do you find "A" players for your team? First, don't just look for skills and experience—start by looking for someone with a great attitude. Then, give these seven tips a try.
1. Have a simple, one-page plan that you can share with future employees. This plan should highlight your organization's achievements during the past year, and your vision for the next three-to-five years. "A" players are motivated as much by being part of an organization that has clear goals and aspirations as they are by salary and benefits. They want to be part of an organization that has a purpose.
2. Look for employees in new places. Don't be afraid to expand your search outside your industry for people with the right attitude and a track record of success. You can always train new skills and product knowledge.
3. Conduct a screening interview over the phone. Consider having a 15-to-20 minute telephone interview with potential candidates. This can save both parties a lot of time and expense before a more formal interview is arranged.
4. Focus on personality. Use DiSC or another similar personality profiling tool to make sure a potential hire is a good fit for the role you are seeking to fill. Each different field requires its own brand of skills, such as high-influencing personalities or levels of compliance.