We study hiring every day and we know one thing is certain: Despite the fact that business owners and executives make many great hiring decisions, they also make far too many bad ones. The reason is simple. In order to be an owner or executive, you must be an optimist. Optimists believe in people and believe that most of us can do anything we want to do. They give people chances with the hope that they will see another miracle as someone they hire rises from obscurity to become the next superstar. On occasion they are right. But too often they are disappointed.
The cure for the optimist is an objective hiring process.That process must include the following:
- A multi-step process that focuses on finding the right person not selling the company to the candidate.
- Interviewers who ask the tough questions.
- Interviewers who don’t have a personal stake in the candidate and have influence in the decision.
- Reference and background checks.
- A behavioral assessment tool that is validated to predict success in the job.
To the last point, there are many assessment tools available but most of them are not EEOC complaint for hiring. They fail because they can not prove that their tool can statistically identify successful candidates for a particular job.
The secret to helping your owners and executives is to give them the insight gained by a valid behavioral assessment. The tool does not care who the candidate knows, it only cares if the candidate fits the job or not. In other words, can they do it and will they be happy doing it? Given that insight, you can protect your owners and executives from making bad decisions. In fact, you can actually help them fast-track their good decisions by confirming the wisdom of their choice and getting the good candidate on board as soon as possible.
Predictive Index® is such a tool. If you would like to try it in your company, contact us today for a free demonstration.