The Nievity in which management recruit staff defies all logic. Time after time, experienced managers will make a duff decision. Before you commence your next recruitment, I advise that you learn from Jack Welch and Peter Drucker and carry out the following to understand:
- What the job is.
- The knowledge base required to take out the tasks.
- The necessary individual characteristics needed from the staff member. E.g. problem solver, connector, self-starter.
When you have got this information at hand I would read Jack Welch’s chapter 6 (Hiring) from ‘Winning‘ and use the 14 questions from my article.
The 14 Questions are as follows:
- Why did you leave your last job? Why do you want to leave your current job? Jack Welch says you should ask the five whys
- Of what achievements are you most proud?
- What has been your hardest decision you have had to make that may have made you unpopular?
- What are your strengths?
- What sorts of things irritate and frustrate you most, and how do you express your emotions when frustrated?
- When was the last time you celebrated team members?
- What will reference checks disclose about your personal and operating style and how will your style impact on other team members?
- How do you plan to grow and stretch yourself in the next five years?
- What would your colleagues say is the best thing about you?
- Give examples of your commitment to innovation?
- Tell me about a time when you had to persuade people to do something they did not want to do? What happened?
- When I call your last boss, how will he/she rate your performance on a 0-10 scale and why?
- How would your colleagues describe your team-playing abilities?
- Why do you want this job?