Want to Hire Someone Who Is Coachable? Ask This. | No BS Hiring Advice

Skills are great but you want someone who is coachable, too

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm back with some No BS Hiring Advice to help you be more effective in your selection process, avoid bad hires, do things that allow you to succeed in your role leading or managing an organization because your success is predicated upon the success of the people. That involves your selection process, how you evaluate and assess people, and don't tell me about fit! You're completely incapable of evaluating for fit. I'll come back to that later on. I'm going to make a case for it. Hang in there. Okay?
I'll just say today's No BS Hiring Advice is designed to have you ask a question during your interviews. And Most of the time, people interview along the lines of, "Do you know how to do this? Do you know how to do that? How would you do this? How would you do that?" People get the memo about this in advance, and then you get them on the job and they don't perform as well as you would like. Here's another one.
Ask them a question. "Tell me about a piece of professional advice you've taken from someone."
Quirky question isn't it? That's because, obviously, you want to hire people who will listen and who are coachable, right? You want to get some folks who have a degree of emotional intelligence.
"My boss has never given me any help." What does that tell you? Seriously, what does that tell you? Unapproachable? Uncoachable? Do your freakin job? Is that what you want around you?
Instead, ask this question and look for someone who will sincerely talk with you about someone who helped them along the away. Everyone takes help and I don't care where it's from. Everyone needs to accept help. Someone who denies that they've been helped hasn't been paying attention and is oblivious to what's been going on around them. You want the ones who are conscious, who have a degree of emotional intelligence and an answer that gives you a sense that they can be trusted by you. Without that trust, you're always watching. If you're watching, you're going to wind up micromanaging. And I know that's not what you want to do.


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 1500 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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