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Why Resume-Based Hiring Can Spell Disaster For Startups
So why then do we see so many bad hiring practices around? Leaders who view hiring as largely the responsibility of recruiters will fall behind in the race for great talent. And ultimately, their business success will be limited by their ability to hire the right people Why?
Because a recruiter is only as good as the hiring manager on any open position. We have all seen great recruiters source applicants and bring forward the best candidates, only to have the hiring manager drop the ball at the yard line. Then companies throw their hands up and act like hiring is about luck and not strategic process. It barely factors in qualities that are much more difficult to measure—like whether new hires will fit your company culture or really rise to the occasion on a small, growing team.
However, month after month, I was disappointed. And when it came to performance, they showed no drive to do something more, better, or bigger.
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If they had passion at all, I never saw it. Little by little, my new hire needed teammates to fill in, and became the office complainer.
But I soon realized I was missing a deeper problem: the impact they had on other employees and the culture, at such a pivotal time for my young company. Right from the get-go, our small team had great communication skills, competitive energy, efficient working habits, an eagerness to test new things, and a passion for helping people.
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My solution at the time was to keep them onboard until they left voluntarily. In retrospect, that was just as poor a choice as hiring the person in the first place. I still regret letting it go on for so long.
As Jim Collins has famously written , I needed the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus before I could steer it in the right destination. Ask questions and get to know the candidate—really learn about them and what drives them to succeed. Culture fit is critical to the success of your growing company and the well-being of the rest of your team.
The realities startups face can make it difficult to think so far ahead, but the truth is that you want a teammate for the long haul—for the company you want to become, not the small new business you have now.
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