Hiring doesn’t fill a post; it changes the organisation

The Daily Maverick (25 March 2021), recently quoted Frank Herbert:

‘Good governance never depends upon laws, but upon the personal qualities of those who govern. The machinery of government is always subordinate to … those who administer that machinery. The most important element …, therefore, is the method of choosing leaders.’

This is not only true of government; it is true of every initiative of every business. However excellent the idea, however well intentioned, however well planned, the execution is down to individuals in the chain of command, from top to most junior – individuals you hired.

Whether it is a new project, improving existing processes or engaging with customers, the employees you hire will be responsible for missing deadlines, disrupting the project or ensuring you reap the rewards of success.

Your success (whether you are a team leader or a CEO) depends on the people you hire. Make every hire count. Take Google’s golden rule of hiring to heart: ‘The urgency of the role isn’t sufficiently important to compromise quality in hiring.’

There is always a conflict between speed and quality in hiring. Quality must always prevail.

What are some of your most important interview questions and why? Add to the comments.


Ian Webster

From Methodist minister to Customer Relations manager in a computer bureau to HR Manager in a newspaper printing and publishing company. Now focussing on training and developing people and HR & people-management consulting.

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