Top Recruiting Hacks To Get A-Players And 10X Your Business

Top Recruiting Hacks To Get A-Players And 10X Your Business

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Consistently hiring A-Players is one of the most critical enablers of 10X-ing your business. The only thing that ever turned a vision into reality is an amazing team. That’s why hiring is actually engineering your business’ destiny – for better or worse, depending on how well you hire!

The holy grail of hiring decisions is placing a person in a role when they are clearly going to nail it because they tick all 5 boxes below.

successful staff hiring

Related: 4 Steps to Hiring Killer Sales Staff

Hiring is fraught with risk. Making those judgments on a stranger after reviewing a resume and having 2x 1-hour interviews is like getting married the day after a second date. Yet that’s exactly what most hiring managers try to do! It’s crazy when you consider that the cost of getting a hiring decision wrong has been proven to be between 4X and 27X the annual salary of the role!

That’s also why hiring is such a great opportunity to win! If you hire better than the competition, you’ll kick their butts in the market place.

So here’s a nano-version of the top 17 hacks to up your hiring game (detailed version here):

 

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The first few hacks are about prioritising the right sources of candidates. The reason this is the number 1 hack is simple. Bad data à Bad decisions à Bad hires. Good data à good decisions à good hires. The best way to get good data on whether a person will perform in a role is to have seen them in action.

reliable talent source

Related: How To Determine ‘Bad Fits’ During The Hiring Process

5 Hacks to build a kick-ass candidate pool

  • HACK#1: HIRE FORMER COLLEAGUES
  • HACK #2: HIRE A-PLAYERS’ FORMER COLLEAGUES
  • HACK #3: HIRE A-PLAYERS’ FROM TALENT POOL FIRMS
  • HACK #4: CONSTANTLY BUILD YOUR TALENT BENCH (stars you meet out and about)
  • HACK #5: ACTIVATE AMAZING TALENT SCOUTS

Beat Google and Apple

  • HACK #6: INVEST IN AN AMAZING TALENT PROMISE (find a way to be a more remarkable employer than Google or Apple, for a tiny group of slightly strange but awesome people)

Get to the best strangers, Fast!

  • HACK #7: USE SMART SCREENING REFERENCE CALLS
  • HACK #8: USE THE TRUTH SERUM
  • HACK #9: USE CAREER HISTORY FORMS (resumes are worse than useless; screen based on the data that really counts: performance!)
  • HACK #10: LOOK FOR THE ACHIEVER PATTERN 

Get really good data on role fit

  • HACK #11: USE A ROLE SCORECARD (hiring is procuring desired results)
  • HACK #12: USE WORK SAMPLE INTERVIEWS (test drive before purchasing)
  • HACK #13: USE INTERNSHIPS AND CONTRACT WORK (extended test drive)
  • HACK #14: USE CHRONOLOGICAL, STRUCTURED INTERVIEWS (create a total picture; get the data you really need)
  • HACK #15: DO TANDEM INTERVIEWS (cover blind spots)
  • HACK #16: REFERENCE CALL EVERY FORMER BOSS (truth serum)
  • HACK #17: BUILD LOADS OF FUN INTO THE PROCESS (you may as well!)
  • HACK #18: INSTITUTIONALISE ‘HOW WE HIRE AROUND HERE’ (if you succeed, you won’t be doing the hiring for long).

Related: The Key To Hiring The Best Employees

P.S.

The Scaling Talent Boot Camp will provide you with the tools and techniques to institutionalise world class recruiting to scale A-Teams. CEO’s, Investors and senior executives in early stage and growing businesses will benefit by attending this Boot Camp.

  • Date: 5 October 2016
  • Time: 10am-6pm
  • Venue: The Focus Rooms, Sunninghill, Johannesburg

Happy Scaling!

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10X-e helps entrepreneurs 10X their business. 10X-e’s mission is to help talented entrepreneurial teams to Scale Up by giving them the knowledge, tools, and coaching they need to turbo charge their Scale Up toolkit. We help them implement the 12 core disciplines of Scale Up leaders through the 10X-e Management System. 10X-e was proudly created by Vumela and Edge Growth, two of SA’s big brands in entrepreneurship and venturing. Contact details: www.10x-e.com , 010 001 3715 , mchaitezvi@edgegrowth.com