I think one of the most powerful things about owning a business is the ability to leverage making money without performing some or all of the service. This amazing gift requires one monumental thing…a great team. The hiring process can prove to be one of the more difficult tasks when it comes to running a successful business.
Unless you have worked for the government interrogating people it’s not easy to ask the right questions and decipher through a potential good or horrific candidate.
For example the candidate on paper who went to the right school, has a great background, says all the right things in the interview, looks the part, acts the part and then three months down the road they do a “Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde” on you. Your once perfect hire now has their secret wife calling the office because she wants to know when her husband is working and when he gets paid because his three children you knew nothing about are hungry.
Think I’m kidding? If something along these lines has happened to you, you have my condolences if not, well then you have something to look forward too.
To help with this often lengthy, time and money consuming process, I have been experimenting with a “group interview” process to help weed out the good from the bad candidates.
The next time you find yourself in need of a great team member try out my steps below. So far I have tried it in two of my businesses and I have really enjoyed the simplicity and ease it has brought to my life when it comes to hiring.
10 Steps to Creating a Group Interview
Pretty crazy right? Here is the thing. After #10, I already have another day and time set up for a return. I usually do 2-3 days later and when they come back they need to have their resume, the application for employment filled out, availability and the script that they were working on memorized. If they show up for day #2 with all that, that is a well-qualified candidate. Listen to their script, show them around the office and consider setting up a final interview.
If you’re in need of some great new additions to your team, consider the above 10 steps and let me know how it worked for you!
What ideas or tricks do you have when it comes to hiring?
Do you have a favorite question you like to ask or a quality you always look for?
Kassandra Schultz D.C