A CEO explains the 4 'critical qualities' that decide who gets hiredGet the Full StoryFrancisco Osorio flickrHiring is one of the most important things we face each day.
The changing priorities and work habits of the workforce will continue to change dramatically into the future.
To ensure the hiring process is closely related to the culture we seek in our organization, we hire on four critical factors:
If people are not passionate in what they do, they will be less effective for the organization and the culture.
When I speak of passion, I refer to how the candidate describes, why this job and why now. You should have a few questions to find out if your candidate would represent, you, the company and you as the leader.
People can be passionate about anything. If I am looking for someone in finance or accounting, I want someone who is passionate about numbers because it ensures the organization operates efficiently. Someone who is not passionate about their chosen field slows down the entire team and is often described as wasting time.
We each have about three or four skills and traits that we are good at utilizing and are often referred to our strengths. Passion and skills go hand in hand. In the interview, determine the skills each candidate claims to possess. Do a deep dive into those skills and how they relate to their passions. Skill without passion is that job everyone hates.
As leaders, we don t want anyone on our team looking at their position as just another job! I never focus on weaknesses, so by focusing on strengths then individual s skills improve over time.
Let s face it, we have all gotten to the levels attained through relationships and knowing how to development. Relationships are not only external but internal. They are also not obtained by accident. They are based on hard work and commitment. We all want to work with and deal with clients or vendors that we trust, so positive relationships are paramount for this to work. Candidates for opportunities on our team must show and demonstrate their ability to create relationships. Relationships are the fire that ignites the organization to new levels. The bottom line is it is all about relationships.
Everyone wants employees, partners, vendors and clients that are committed to our firm. No one can feel comfortable with their commitment to the vision, if the companies are not committed to their team members. Committed people know it is not always about the pay or benefits, but it is about working in an environment free of fear. Our team members need to be as committed to others and to the organization. Investing in team members and continued desire to be challenged and fulfilled falls on the leader of the organized.
This system generally works for many firms, but it is an investment upfront. It involves really getting to know the people you allow working on your team or more importantly, on your inner circle of people.
John McLaughlin is CEO and President of Westside Water Sports, which owns and operates several water sports lakes in cities in the western U.S. He is also a member of YPO, a not-for-profit, global network of young chief executives connected through the shared mission of becoming better leaders through lifelong learning and idea exchange.NOW WATCH: The disturbing reason some people turn red when they drink alcohol