In Hiring Great People (McGraw-Hill, 1999), Kevin Klinvex and two coauthors show you how to save time and money in finding a gem of an employee. The 210-page book covers everything from advertising to running to avoiding legal land mines during the interview and hiring.
Rather than having you rely on gut instinct, the authors provide systematic tools to help you make a decision among qualified candidates:
Stick to your standard. Before you start interviewing, identify those prerequisites that truly matter for the job. Then avoid compromising on someone who lacks the basic standards you’ve set.
Expedite the process. Don’t involve too many employees in hiring. The authors warn that if you try to get everyone’s input, you’ll become bogged down in disagreements and possibly violate confidentiality issues. Play it safe: limit the decision makers to those who either will supervise the individual’s performance or deal with the new hire regularly.
Follow the 3 Cs. Use consistency, courtesy and candor when notifying candidates of your decision. For example, notify every candidate you reject in the same fashion and don’t leave applicants waiting without giving updates.