The Super Fantastic Leadership Show


Podcast 042: Hiring the Right Person: It’s All About the Interview


If you like to read as much as listen, you can get a transcript of the show right here.

In this week’s podcast we talk about hiring the right person. We know that people can get a job but can they do the job? This is an important topic for success of any business and team whether you are an entrepreneur or a large organization. The right person on the team not only impacts the bottom line but also impacts your culture. Yet, so much of the advice given when it comes to hiring is about getting and keeping the best talent. While that is important, Katie and I also take a deeper look at the things that can really matter when it comes to hiring. First and foremost, it’s all about the interview and looking for cultural fit.

Many people can be taught certain skills and learn pieces of knowledge. If we look closely at why people don’t keep their job and why organizations fire them, it is rarely because they don’t have the skills to do the job. It often has to do with the person not fitting into the culture. How well an organization can articulate and make their values known and explicit really matters. The context in which we hire a person and making the context of the culture known matters. The first step is to get this out in the open at the first interview in a way that both parties begin to understand exactly how this impacts the “doing” that occurs. We also talk about the traits we would look for in any hire. For example, how open is the person to receiving feedback? We would love to hear some of your favorite interview questions so don’t hesitate to post some in the comments.

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