Yes, those who have read a bit of Shakespeare will recall his famous line: “To Be or Not To Be.”
And of course, here we’re referring to your “gut instincts” about someone you are interviewing. How much weight do you put on your gut instinct when making a hiring decision?
Our clients put it this way:
“Well, I do make decisions based on my gut instincts and most of the time it works out. I get just the person I’m looking for.
“However, there are times when I go with my gut and it was a fiasco.”
A couple of earlier tips discussed this fascinating phenomenon of making a decision based on your instincts.
My views now are the same as before. I would never discount your ability to make a hiring decision — or really any decision in life — based on your gut feeling or your intuition.
But I’m sure you also want to reduce the number of bad hires that sometimes result from this.
Our entire focus with hiring goes like this:
The more you know about someone BEFORE you hire them the better your hiring decision will be.
We help you do that with these four tools:
1) These Hiring Tips (subscribe to the newsletter)
2) The Hiring Tips podcast
3) The Hiring Tips book
3) Our employee testing service
Now that I’ve gotten that shameless plug out of the way, my advice is to do your best to find out as much as you can about a candidate before you make that hiring decision.
When you do that, you may find your gut instincts coming through for you more and more often.
To see how our employee test can help you bring better people on board watch this three minute video.
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