Smart companies realize that their strength depends on having great workers. Good workers don’t grow on trees though. Good people normally already have a job. Those looking for work are usually not the best workers, otherwise they would be already employed. If you sort through the bunch, you find a few good ones — or ones that you initially think are good. But, you don’t really know if someone is good unless you have seen them work for a few months through good times and bad.
You can not see how well a marriage would work after the first date any more than you can see how an employee would function after the interview. In an interview they tell you what they think you want to hear.
So, it is good to try a few people out with the intention of getting rid of most of them. Of course, MAYBE you could keep two of your newbies if you loved them so much.
Do you ever ask yourself:
What would I do if I were Donald Trump?
I believe that if you ask this question to yourself regularly, you will tune into Trump’s consciousness and become a much better businessman. I have seen Trump on his TV show “The Apprentice”, and he takes business to a very sophisticated level. He seems to think of everything and can see all of the angles while the rest of us are just in a very deep fog of confusion.
I can try to guess how Trump would handle this hiring situation. He might initially interview two dozen people and pick six contestants. Then, he would have them work on test projects to see how they functioned. He might have them work in small teams to see if they worked well with others. He might analyze their final work and then ask more questions and assign them a grade of some sort. If you didn’t do a good job, then he would definately point at you and say:
I love it when he says that!
Do you put your new workers through a few tests and tribulations and then subject them to analysis?
Are you even paying attention? No? Well, that is how you end up with lousy workers that cost you your reputation. It is your own fault!
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