“A players attract A players. B players attract C players.” – Steve Jobs
When it comes to building a strong, high performing team, the hiring process is key. Skills can always be taught; however, attitude and experience cannot be bought. Inexperienced companies tend to look at which skills a person has and discards the attitude. So, what are some of the best attributes to look for when hiring A players?
Basic knowledge of your company. Unless they have been coached, or have a long-standing relationship with your company, chances are they will not be well-versed on the organization’s history, operations, and key players. However, as the company’s website, LinkedIn, and listing type are all public, there should be a basic understanding of:
- With whom they will be speaking and their role(s)
- The mission of the organization
- Size of the company/General size of their department
- The sector the organization lies in
- Who the target customers are (generally)
Comes ready with questions/notes. A players take their position seriously. More often than not, they will arrive with a list of questions ready and more will arise throughout the flow of the conversation. The more questions, the better – as it represents their level of interest. You’re likely to hear questions such as the following:
- What does the onboarding process look like?
- What does the day-to-day look like?
- Who will I be working with and who would I be reporting to directly?
- What are the opportunities for growth?
- What is the salary and bonus structure?
- Is there a relocation package?
- Are any additional benefits offered?
- How does the organization handle overtime?
An open mind. Brand representation is the key driver of market recognition and loyalty. Opportunities for growth lie in diversifying the target audience and employee retention the organization is interested in attracting. Unwillingness to listen to dissenting voices, deeming concerns as minuscule, and attempts to drown out voices who disagree can lead to resentment between employees, yourself and the board, regression in the organization’s progress, and more.
Growth mindset. The world of business is ever evolving. The rate of technological advancement is exponentially faster than ever seen before in history. This has allowed for the fastest speed in communication between peers to share ideas, compare data, and transfer knowledge. To make the vision a reality, top players will be able to see the full-vision and the steps needed to be taken to get there. The ability to recognize and respect that growth is not linear is a great mindset for the business world.
At the end of the day, making the dream a reality is the main goal. We all have good days and bad days. Creating a work environment that is goal oriented through healthy collaboration starts with building a team that is focused on achieving, asks impactful questions and is respectful of each other.
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