Every business owner wants to hire the right people – people who will add to the company’s culture, be able to manage themselves and produce awesome work. But how do you do it? Does it rely on your interviewing skills? Gathering enough potential candidates? Writing exciting job postings?
As Chief Creative Officer, I have hired every new Integrity employee for the past eight years. The key to hiring the right people is knowing what to look for. Hiring to the H’s has always been a core strategy, as we only seek Hungry, Honest, Humble and Happy folks to join the team. (We even list the H’s on all our job listings).
But the H’s aren’t the only qualities that catch my eye. Growing on my experience recruiting only the very top talent, here are additional characteristics you should be looking for the next time you recruit:
To add to the above, here are a couple items we view as negatives:
My final bit of advice is what I call the ‘Flight to LA’ test – would you enjoy a three hour flight to LA sitting beside this person? Would you learn something from them? Would it be an engaging experience? If the answer is ‘no’ to any of these questions, walk them out immediately.
So why does it matter if you hire the right people? Well, as Integrity has learned over its 15+ year history, when you hire the right people, you don’t need as much policy. This allows you to offer better benefits like Open PTO – a perk Integrity employees love – and create a company culture of trust and empowerment.
What business owner doesn’t want that?
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