Taking the Guesswork Out of Sizing Up Employee Candidates

“Getting the right people on the bus” (from Good to Great by Jim Collins) is one of the toughest jobs small business owners have. Sadly few owners are familiar with a valuable tool that helps remove much of the guess work of knowing the ‘natural personality makeup’ of candidates. Some owners think they have a knack for figuring out what type of person they are interviewing (driver, amiable… and the many labels described in the various personality profiles). While they may be close, they get ‘no cigar’ because it’s far more complex than that if you really want to make an intelligent choice among two or more qualified candidates.

The purpose of this brief blog isn’t to teach you all there is to know about ‘personality profile’ tools (manual and electronic/online) but rather to make sure you know how beneficial they can be in helping you to AVOID bad choices. Too often we (unknowingly) favor a particular candidate for purely emotional reasons and we overlook (negative) traits that are evident during the interview. Worse yet, we overlook traits that we can’t spot during the interview/assessment process. That’s a kiss of death. Even worse is NOT hiring a candidate that we incorrectly assess. For example, we might take ‘directness and a little assertiveness’ as AGGRESSIVENESS simply due to the situation or the type of question posed… or a myriad of causes. Yet the candidate was actually the right one if we understood his/her makeup more accurately.

Simply put, it takes a lot more inquiry and observation than most interviews will allow to truly figure out a candidate’s personality type. Yet, there is ample evidence that personality makeup can impact how well one will succeed in a particular role and in a particular environment. So, why do it ‘blind folded’ when there are many legally-validated tools to help nail down that one element in the selection process.

To learn more about this, you can read about some of the most common personality types and some popular profile tests in my new book (below). You can also do a web search just using ‘personality profile tests’ as the key word(s).

Some small business owners don’t want to spend the money or take the time to familiarize themselves with this concept and the tools for such. Their inaction stems from one or more factors; e.g. 1) fear of the unknown; 2) penny-wise/pound foolish cost-savings attitude; 3) skepticism about the validity of these tools and whatever!

Their mindset about this subject could make a huge difference in unlocking the full potential of their business. As I say in my book, Set Yourself Free – How to Have A Thriving Small Business… And Enjoy It!, you must be ‘open to discovery’ and learn from experience (even if you’re certain it’s a predictable failure!) so long as you are not betting the ranch. I call it a ‘calculated risk’ – not suicide.

I hope you will take a moment to read more about it. Feel free to call me at 518.369.7101 or email me at: stan@fambizdoc.com

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