The First Step to Great Hires: Clarity
By Rikka Brandon, Building Gurus
Clarity is the effort you put in before you even post a job ad or start interviewing. By determining, ahead of time, why you need this role and what its responsibilities will be, what results you expect from the new hire in this role, and what activity levels they will need to maintain to get those results, you can create a stronger job description that sets expectations and objectives clearly upfront. This will guide not only those applying for the position, but the way in which you recruit, interview, and, ultimately, make your final decision.
This investment of time up front has a huge ROI. For every hour you invest up front, you will save yourself at least 10 hours of tail-chasing down the road.
Clarity ensures you’re able to:
- Articulate a business need for the position
- Set and communicate clear performance expectations for the new hire
- Set performance expectations that you both agree to—before spending a dollar on payroll
- Focus on what you need, not what could be
- Understand the return on investment and value of the position
Once you are clear about what you need to hire, you will be able to:
- Create a great job description (and ultimately a great job ad to attract your ideal hire)
- More easily weed out people who aren’t a good fit
- Eliminate wasted money by not having to train an employee who won’t last
- Know what’s needed to ensure return on investment in the position
- Build the framework to guide your recruiting strategy and interview process
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Creating this clarity requires some deep thinking into both the position and the person you’re considering hiring. Here are four questions to consider. Before hiring anyone, you need to be able to answer “Yes” to each of them.
Is it worth it?
Can you clearly set expectations for the activities and results?
Are you ready, willing, and able to train and support them for at least the next three months?
How long can you “carry” this person before they need to start paying for themselves?
And always remember: NOT hiring someone is much easier (and cheaper) than firing them.