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Don’t trust your gut when hiring

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Former General Electric Chairman and CEO Jack Welch says that it is all right to trust your gut instincts when pursuing a business deal, but it’s not the best strategy for hiring quality talent. The reason, says Welch in a post on LinkedIn, is that “our gut [instinct] makes us ‘fall in love’ with a candidate too quickly. We see prestigious schools and great experience on a sparkling résumé … so we rush to seal the deal.”

Welch suggests that if you find yourself in that scenario, make the extra effort to dig deep into the candidate’s background, and spend time having pointed conversations with the person’s references. Don’t use the reference conversation as a “stamp of approval,” Welch says. Use it as a chance to validate what your gut is telling you.

—Adapted from “When to Go with Your Gut,” Jack and Suzy Welch, LinkedIn Blog Network, www.linkedin.com.

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