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  • Sam Decker

Lessons from the Trenches: Hiring

The other night I attended a Texchange, an Austin entrepreneur’s exchange.

The topic was “Entrepreneurs Lessons from the Trenches”. It was a broad topic, but the panelists and tables focused on hiring & recruiting – the importance of getting the right people.

Here are some of the most helpful tips that were shared:

• Drill below what they know, to a point where they can’t answer, so you see their thought process. • Important question: What is the most significant accomplishment in your career? • Use “Why” questions occasionally. Avoid one answer questions. • A mediocre hire is worse than a bad hire. A bad hire will work themself out naturally. A mediocre hire stays around. • Try temp to perm • Type of person to look for – good at collaboration. • Are you looking at psychology and competencies or resume accomplishments? • Design questions that put the candidate in difficult situations and see how they respond. • Hire slowly, fire quickly. • If hiring is the most important decision you make, you should be black belts at recruiting.


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