Hiring Wisdom: Make Sure You Don’t Let the Great Ones Get Away

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Unemployment is coming down and, even if it weren’t, great employees always have their choice of employers.

Case in point: I got some great service at a restaurant in the Indianapolis airport the other day. Molly was over the top.

I took a moment to ask her if she liked working at the airport. She told me she had moved to town three weeks earlier and had started the job just a week ago.

She must have made a great first impression, like she did with me, every place she applied because she said she had three other offers, but this one was the first to get back to her.

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Usually, it is not difficult to identify the great “A” players; it is the “B’s” and “C’s” that are tough to weed out. If you do have an “A” player apply, move fast!

This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.

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1 Comment on “Hiring Wisdom: Make Sure You Don’t Let the Great Ones Get Away

  1. I agree. And I disagree. Someone at a conference I think, once said, “hire slow, fire fast.” I coach managers to NOT make a decision based on first impression, but to see a candidate at least twice before make a selection decision. I agree that we do need to make faster hiring decisions, but at the same time, make good hiring decisions based on learning enough about a prospect to ‘be dangerous.’ Be sure to look beyond the impression to the performance and talent, and DO make a good, time-sensitive hiring decision. Particularly if it’s Molly – who I will be looking for next trip out.

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