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New Hire? New Problem? | No BS HIring Advice

New Hire? New Problem? | No BS HIring Advice

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers up the best solution for what to do when your new hunter becomes your new problem.

NOTE: There is probably a reference during the show to my being a  recruiter. I no longer do search; I coach people and organizations.


I'm back with No BS Hiring Advice, which is actually, on this show, a little bit different than what I normally do and it's about dealing with your mistakes.
You see, you know you make mistakes when you hire because it's a tough tough thing to do and statistically . . . well, I'll simply say, this video is triggered by a podcast I was listening to where the person doing the show was relating a story from the UK about a young woman who was hired for a job. It was a job at a pizza place as I recall and you know, she was talking about how she was going to start her crappy job tomorrow and put it out on Twitter and the guy who owned the pizza place said, "thanks, but you're not starting a job tomorrow. You're fired before you start."
Now, in this day of Twitter, that's not a bad thing to have happened. This person recognized that this person had already decided the job is going to stink and who's going to be a problem person.
What do you do about problem people? You know, they join the firm and, suddenly, you have a person who complains and moans all the time. Why don't you deal with that right away?
You have a person who has sold themselves as being capable in one thing and then you discover within a short period of time that's are they are not capable. Why is it that you go out of your way and bend over backwards to try and help them suddenly become the human being that they're not. Just concede the point. Admit the mistake.
I remember in a situation. I had in an agency I worked at there was a person who was working for me and I made a mistake. I made a mistake first in firing them and then saying to myself, “you know, maybe this person is better than I think and all that happened was in making the mistake to keep them. They reverted to the mean and wound up being a poor performer. When a person's on their best behavior and, suddenly . . . or supposed to be on their best behavior at the beginning of their employment and they're a pain in the derriere, get rid of them. They’re suddenly not going to adjust. Suddenly, they're not going to see the light of day and go, "Oh my goodness. This is a great place!" It doesn't happen that way, does it?
If this person doesn't know what they claim to know, and you talk with them about it and suddenly, you discover this person's a jerk, get rid of them. Don't waste any time because, at the end of the day, you're going to be taking away from your performance to get this person up to speed instead of devoting all of your attention to the top performers and stroking them and encouraging them. All they're going to discover is you're taking your eye off their ball and going to this loser, this problem person, and you're not going to get anything out of it.
You're certainly not going to make the silk purse into a sow's ear. So, I’ll simply said recognize your mistakes quickly and get rid of them


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 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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