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Hiring Clones of Yourself |

Hiring Clones of Yourself |

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the mistake many managers make by hiring clones of themselves.


Today, I want to speak with you about a mistake that hiring managers make when they're trying to fill positions. What's that mistake? The mistake is really very simple. It's the mistake of trying to hire a basic version of "Mini Me." You know a personality clone of yourself, a skills clone of yourself, rather than looking at someone who will complement your abilities rather than complement your personality or your skills.
Let me give you example. If you work in an organization where everyone is visionary and you don't have someone whose feet are grounded, well, you need to hire someone whose feet are on the ground who can look at the details and not just simply "the big picture" in order to bring these ideas to fruition, right? Well, a lot of organizations make that mistake. The managers look for clones, interview that way. They're looking for identical personalities and they want to hire "a puppy." So, my encouragement is look for someone different. Look for someone who could fulfill your vision. Someone who can Implement your ideas if you're a visionary.
If you're a detail-oriented person, look for someone who's got a big picture approach. And if you'd like to know more about this, there is a wonderful book that's out now called, "How The World Sees You," by a woman named Sally Hogshead. she is identified a series of personality types that exist in the world and encourages people to be more of themselves, but from there, look for people who will complement that individual.
So remarkable and an easy read, she willoffer you a free copy of her exam, as well. No idea for your own personality match, but that's for another time. I'll just simply said look for people who will complement you rather than "Mini Me's."


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years.

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

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1200 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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