Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to involve your staff when evaluating people but…

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One of the things that I know I experienced at this search firms I've been involved with is how often ownership were the only parties involved with the interview. In the one exception, they involved staff, but never asked for their opinion. So, it was like, "What's the point? Are we there as babysitters?"
That's ultimately what it felt like. You were interviewing. You weren't asked your opinion on anything. At the end of the day, the result was, they made a lot of terrible hires.
I want to encourage you to involve the staff and ask their opinion. Also, you're responsible for making the choice. Sometimes, the mistake hiring managers will make in involving the staff is they're not clear about what they are asking the staff to be looking for or investigating.
Now, for example, if you're working in IT and you're hiring another developer, you know, he wants your development team to evaluate and assess for certain skills and criteria, because they're more in the weeds, more in the trenches and will have a better feel than you as a hiring manager might have.
if you're hiring a lead individual, the development staff may be able to assess their technical knowledge, but they don't really have the sense of what it takes to lead them. They may think they do. But, I will tell you, they haven't been in the seat. All they are are critics at the theater who are quite sure that that "Streetcar Named Desire" thing that's on the on the stage is a Pulitzer Prize winner, you know what I mean?
So, you want to involve people in the evaluation, you want to direct them as to what you want them to evaluate for, and, maybe, even give them a couple of guidelines as to how to assess.
At the end of the day, make it clear, these are your choices based upon your perception of what the group needs and what the organization needs. If they rebel against it, get rid of them. Because these are people who are going to control and be cynics and be subversive from below.
Again, it doesn't mean you don't take their advice. But you have to always be clear. You're the one that's responsible. You're the one who, at the end of the day, has to experience the P&l impact of the hire. You're the one whose bonus is going to be affected and you want to make a great choice.
You want to get to feedback, but often they don't really know what they're assessing for in totality. They've got their own little small area that they assess for.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1400 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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