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These are some awesome insights on hiring Susan! The most critical piece of information you can get from someone you’re thinking of hiring is their behavior patterns surrounding their previous jobs. You want to interview them in depth about each of the jobs they’ve had, going all the way back to their first job and ask questions like, “What were your expectations going into the role? How did the role meet your expectations?” ask about the projects they worked on, what succeeded and what failed, and then MOST IMPORTANTLY ask, “When I talk to your boss from this job, and I ask them what your biggest strengths and weakness were, what are they going to tell me?” You can call this “the promise of or the threat of reference check”. This question acts as a truth serum that jolts people out of their B.S. storytelling if that’s what they’re engaged in, and gets you to what really happened in their previous positions. You also want to ask the candidates why they left each of their jobs. You want to be seeking out the red flags that this person blames other people for their problems or that they’re hard to work with. When you do this, PATTERNS WILL EMERGE. Top grade talent has awesome patterns and they have great relationships with their former bosses so they’re only too happy to set up a conversation between the two of you. The train wreck employees will have left waste and ruin in their past and so they fear you digging into it. Thank you Susan for pointing out the red flags to look for here and for guiding me to the SEO Moz guide - I like those guys! :)"
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One of the keys that has led to much success in the market place is when a team consists of a detail-oriented person and a big picture creative person. Think Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak - Walt Disney and Roy Disney here. It is my belief that a humungous mistake business owners make is running out and hiring people who are just like them. The reality that probably stings is that you don’t need more people like you, even though you may be totally awesome. Entrepreneurs are usually big picture/big concept/big idea type of people. Not all, but more than not. Big idea people like to try new things and what happens is they space out all the things that need to get done because they let themselves get distracted by the new shiny objects they pursue. So what happens is that we like people who are like us and this causes you to fall in love with someone easily distractible and more likely than not, they’re gonna space out on the work you delegated to them that you couldn't do because you space out yourself. This means you don’t want another big idea person on your team if you have a problem getting things done. You want an action person who is probably the polar opposite of you – a person who likes to makes lists and goes crazy if they don't get them done. When you interview these people it’s gonna feel weird. That’s good. Your opposite can compliment your abilities and make it possible to move forward fast. So your goal is to hire/partner/team member who is the opposite of you who has a proven track record of getting things done and to make sure they have aspirations and then make sure they step up and perform. It is definitely worth testing out creating a team that has both a detail oriented and a big picture person to make sure both of these critical areas of the project are covered. :) "