Recently someone asked me how I get comfortable that I'm hiring great people. Obviously there’s a ton of work that goes into making a hire so I won’t go into all of the detail. But just before I’m ready to pull the trigger there are four checkpoints I use to make sure I’m making the right call.
- I can clearly point to something about them (beyond functional expertise) that they can do (or I believe they will be able to do) at a world-class level.
- Credible, smart, successful people say amazing things about them.
- If I strip away their credentials, I'm still really fired up about making the hire
- The reason they bounced from one job to the next doesn’t concern me, it inspires me.
There are obviously lots of other things I could add to this list but I’ve found that I'm generally making a great hire when these four things are in place.