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How to Hire the Best Candidate for Your Team


This week’s question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Neagle Code Question

We’re in the process of hiring a new person in our business. We’ve found two good candidates. The first one (I think) would bring a high-quality work product and good potential networking abilities, because of their good connections.

The second one (I think) would be a good worker, and a better fit personality-wise with our team.

How do I determine who would be a better hire? What factors would you look at to decide? — the better fit, team-wise? Or the better fit when it comes to networking and potentially generating more revenue?

Neagle Code Answer

Personally, for me, it would be — do they fit in with the company culture, first and foremost?

Without that, nothing else matters.

If they would both fit into the culture, and you’re trying to decide or differentiate

who would be better…there’s a really good book I would recommend you read called Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues Kindle Edition  by Patrick M. Lencioni.

That book suggests that you look for three qualities, besides the fact that they fit culturally:

  1. They need to be humble, meaning they value team and don’t value their own credit over everyone else’s.
  2. They need to be hungry, which means they’re willing to work above and beyond (think: outside normal work hours), and go the extra mile.
  3. They need to be smart. Meaning, they need to be able to think their way through solutions and also in interpersonal relationships.

Those are three big areas to look at in terms of hiring the right person.

The book also has sample interview questions you can use to determine if someone is hungry, humble, or smart. I would recommend reading it!



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