When you’re ready to add a new member to your team, you will find many applicants with impressive resumes who check all the right boxes. But figuring out which applicant will add the most value to your company can be a little tricky. These three considerations may help you evaluate your options:
1. What you see is what you get
It’s safe to assume that most applicants will bring their very best to an interview: they will dress professionally and act politely. It’s also safe to assume that an interview is an accurate example of how the applicant – at her very best – will perform in front of a customer. Your interviewee may have just wowed you with her industry knowledge, but if she checked her cell phone, chewed gum, or interrupted you during the interview, you can bet she will do that with potential clients.
2. The best employees outgrow their positions
When managing a startup or small business, the key to success is optimization: getting as much as you can out of whatever you have. When hiring a new employee, look for someone who can start at one end of the company and end up at the other. Not only will you end up grooming a loyal employee familiar with multiple aspects of the company, but you will get a greater return on the time and resources you invest in this person.
3. Employees who advocate for themselves will advocate for their company
The best sign of a good applicant is her ability to effectively advocate for herself and negotiate the terms of her contract. This displays confidence in the worth of her contributions to the company. You can expect her to reciprocate this by displaying confidence in the company to clients and investors.
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