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DON’T PLACE TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON EXPERIENCE

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Don’t make a hiring decision based on a great resume. First of all, the resume is the applicant’s puff piece and secondly, it tells what was done in the past. You are hiring for the future. This is different than saying that knowledge of the job and the requisite skills and knowledge are not important. They certainly are. Of course, you want the right person for the right job. However, looking primarily for experience will produce disappointing results.

Here is what I have observed. Those running the business believe that their industry is different from others, so unique that the primary requirement is experience. Because of that mindset I have seen many bad candidates hired and many qualified candidates screened out. The hiring manager is using the assumption that as long as the candidate has previous experience in the industry or job that the candidate will be a success in the hiring manager’s job.

I have found that experience in the industry is NOT a predictor of success. In fact, I have seen it become a detriment when people are so ingrained with the past that they are rigid and not looking forward. And this is exactly where businesses and hiring managers are missing great opportunities to differentiate themselves from their competition.

Here is a good example of a job advertisement for the president of a multi-unit restaurant company. The advertisement listed the following qualifications; energetic, forward thinking, creative, high ethical standards, excellent communicator, strategic visionary, good educator, excellent negotiator, decisive, big picture perspective. Now to be honest the ad did request a background in the restaurant or similar industry. But this restaurant has big plans and wants out of the box thinking. Would out of the box thinking help you in your business as well?

Here are five qualities you should consider when selecting an employee:

Confidence – You need to believe in yourself and your ability. You need to have passion for what you are doing. It is also important to have the emotional intelligence and emotional stability to take criticisms and setbacks.

Creativity – If it is important to have empowered and engaged employees then you need to have employees with curiosity and creativity. This quality in employees can help your company become a leader.

Communication Skills – Communication includes written, verbal, non-verbal (body language), good listening and ability to connect by making sure that messages are understood.

Shared Values – Many employment situations fail because the employee does share the company’s values. Make clear your company’s vision, values, and mission.

Empathy (Ability to build relationships) - It is essential for sales but, really, we are all really in the business of influencing others. The ability to build relationships and work as a team is essential to that process.

Nonverbal Communication

You can learn whether a candidate has these qualities though effective interviewing and with the aid of assessment tools. If you are looking for high quality employees why not start thinking out of the box and stop using experience as a primary requirement. You will be pleased with the results.

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“When I started my company I thought that the world would beat a path to my door because of my technical skills.  I figured that once I got in front of someone it would be apparent that I’m a genius and they would hire me right away.  It didn’t work out that way and it didn’t take long to realize that I would need to learn to be a sales person.  I engaged Grant and we worked together for several months and I have to say that he really helped.  Before I worked with Grant I read books and attended seminars that all focused on specific sales techniques – what to do or say during a sales call and during the sales process.  All of them treat the sales call as the end all and be all – get the sale, hand it off, and get out.  This doesn’t help me since once I get a client I need to build the relationship and work with that person on a day-to-day basis.  With Grant’s approach I understand the sales process much better, I’m more goals oriented, I know how to measure my sales activity, and – most importantly – I feel more comfortable in my role as a sales person.  My approach to sales is now more aligned with the way I want to run my business and with my values as a person.

The study materials I received from Grant are very good. They require reading, listening, and writing so the information is reinforced.  Grant does not rely on the study materials, however.  Our weekly meetings were open to whatever I wished to discuss and I feel that Grant’s advice was very insightful.

Even though we haven’t worked together in a few months I still use the study materials and Grant still reaches out to me.” June 30, 2011

Antonio Ciampa, hired Grant as a Business Consultant in 2009, and hired Grant more than once


 

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