Hiring Tips From the Folks at Google #3

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This is the last in a three part series regarding hiring advice given by two former Google execs.

So, let’s get right to it.

Do hire people who are well rounded, with unique interests and talents.

Don’t hire people who live only to work.

I think “unique interests and talents” may be a stretch for some of us. If candidate A is very trainable and has a great attitude, then unique interests and talents may not be essential.

And the person who lives only to work? If our applicant is young and wishes to put everything into his work for a good chunk of time, who are we to argue?

Very long term, yes let’s get someone more well rounded.

Do hire people who are ethical and who communicate openly.

Don’t hire people who are political and manipulative.

This one is a serious no brainer. The more ethical your employee is, the more willing he is to communicate, the better results you’re going to see from Day One.

And of course you do not want employees who are going to manipulate their way around the workplace and into better positions.

Do hire only when you’ve found a great candidate.

Don’t settle for anything less.

We discussed this to some degree in the last tip. Google, with its incredibly deep pockets, can hang in there for the great candidate.

The rest of us? Maybe yes, but sometimes we’ve got to pull the trigger on people that are not ideal because, well, someone’s got to stock the shelves and somebody’s got to answer the phones.

It’s interesting to see how these former Google execs view the hiring process. Some of their advice is spot on and some needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

Either way, good hiring to you!



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