By Mike Gruley
What would you say if I told you that I wanted to hire someone for my company who lacked drive, vision and purpose? What if I told you that my dream applicant was somebody just working for the weekends? Counting the days until his next paycheck? Counting the years until his retirement in Florida with a La-Z-Boy, the ESPN Channel, and nowhere to be?
My guess is that you’d politely point me to the nearest psychiatrist and recommend I ask for a head examination. Whether you’re hiring for the bottom rung or the C-Suite, most organizations recognize that they will benefit significantly from hiring someone with a passion for their job and for the business. When employees share a vision for the company and feel as if they’re part of something bigger, they’ll go the extra mile to achieve excellence. This just won’t happen when you have a team of people pushing their pencils around until the clock strikes 5:00 and they’ve achieved the bare minimum.
Seems like common sense, right? However, the truth is that many job postings miss the mark on easy ways to attract the right people and weed out the wrong ones. Creating effective job postings is much easier for companies who use the Entrepreneurial Operating System™, for reasons that I’ll explain below, but non-EOS® companies can benefit equally from these three foolproof ways to recruit people who share your values and vision.
Here’s the added benefit of all this investment into writing a really good job description: Stating your core values and future vision upfront will weed out anybody who isn’t on board with who you are. It’s like automatic vetting that requires no labor from you. At the end of the day, there are few things that are more expensive than hiring someone who isn’t the right fit (*doesn’t mean that they are not a great/cool/funny person, just that they are not the right fit for you). It’s expensive, there’s liability, and all parties involved will go through a lot of pain. By painting a clear picture of your company and how you operate from the very beginning, you’ll save yourself (and future applicants!) plenty of stress and heartache.
If you’d like to touch base about your own experiences with recruiting the right people, reach out any time. I am always happy to share with you how EOS can make your recruitment process easier and more effective.