Hiring someone to join your staff is one of the coolest things ever, and simultaneously can scare you spitless.
Especially if you’ve ever had a newly hired staff person go from a dream come true to your worst nightmare.
I always love the privilege to get to add someone to the team. It represents newness, progress and taking new territory. But it’s far better to have an unfilled position, no matter how long it takes, rather than hire the wrong person.
The hiring process is complicated, it’s honestly a study in human nature. Even done well, you never remove all the risks. But there are certain things you can watch for.
Over the course of three decades of hiring experience, I have observed definite patterns and behaviors that either draw me in or drive me away from a potential staff member.
Snap judgments and quick opinions are never wise, but there are specific caution flags that I’ve learned that should not be ignored.