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Involving the Staff with Hiring | No BS Hiring Advice

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

Summary

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.

ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER

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. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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Want to Hire People With Drive? | No BS Hiring Advice


Cal Fussman is an American journalist and writer for Esquire’s, “What I’ve Learned” column. He shares a great insight from a remarkable and surprising source.

Summary

Hi, I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm called the Big Game Hunter because I coach people I want to coach people to play their professional and personal games big.
Now, I was listening to a podcast this morning Tim Ferriss from the 4-Hour Work Week was interviewing Cal Fussman who's an American journalist and a writer for Esquire and the column that he writes is "What I've Learned." There was a great lesson that Cal shared from the interview he did with Dr. Dre. I know you're going to be surprised that I'm using dr. Dre as a reference and, if you are, too bad, it's a great lesson that he got.
Fussman asked him, " So, when you're working on a project and you're really into it, how long is it before you get some sleep?" And dr. Dre tells him. "Oh, man. When, I'm into something– – 72 hours. I can go without sleep."
If you're a startup and you want to hire some with a lot of juice, 72 hours. That's a great answer. If you're interviewing someone and you ask that question and reference, dr. Dre and they give you, "Oh, I need my eight hours," they may be a good hire but not for a project that really takes a lot of passion and drive and energy. They may be a good operational person but not the one that's going to be in the trenches driving things, who's going to be pushing to excel, who's going to be doing whatever it takes to deliver something on time within budget that is extraordinary.
If that's what you're looking for, if you’re a startup . . . Man, that's your question to ask. If you're working for a large firm, you may not want to hear 72 hours as the answer. You may want to hear something in the 20s or 30s or whatever the number is. But reference the Dr.Dre story.
Cal Fussman who's interviewed people like Mikhail Gorbachev and many other successful individuals swears by this question. If you look him up, visit Wikipedia Then look up where you like. As a matter of fact, go to Tim. Tim Ferriss' podcast and listen to it again. Cal Fussman is his name.

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

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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Why is Your Hiring Process Taking So Long? | No BS Hiring Advice


In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to organize your interview process and step up its pace.

 

ABOUT 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

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

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

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching? Connect with me on LinkedIn. Then message me to schedule an initial complimentary session.

If you have questions for me, call me through the Magnifi app for iOS (video) or PrestoExperts.com (phone)

Jeff’s Kindle book, “You Can Fix Stupid: No BS Hiring Advice,” is available on Amazon.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

Connect with me on LinkedIn. Like me on Facebook.

Join and attend my classes on Skillshare. Become a premium member and get 2 months free.