Bring your team into the hiring process

Which side of the table is harder to sit on? The interviewee’s side or the interviewer’s side? I always thought it was more difficult hiring than being hired. As the interviewee I just had to do a bit of homework, show up, craft a story for the panel, and decide if the opportunity is right. No problem. As the interviewer, it’s more difficult. You have an existing team and a mission and you are looking to complement the team with somebody new. Not easy. Hence, this idea. Bring as much of your team into the hiring process as possible. Now, it doesn’t mean they are all sitting in the room during the interview, although they could be. It does mean you ask your team about what they find valuable in a new team member. What should be brought to the team that is currently missing? What skills would be most valuable? What would a red flag be for them? The idea is to get more input that you can use to make better hiring decisions. And, the idea is to increase buy-in from the rest of the team.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on April 12, 2019

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