Hiring Heart

7 May

I’m a big football fan (and hopefully this fall we’ll see the NFL break the present day lockout). Last weekend was the 2011 NFL Draft. Every potential pick has been brought through the ringer: height, weight, game tape, arm length, hand strength, 40 yard dash speed, fast twitch muscle fiber (what?)… the list goes on and on and on. As it should, they are paying some of these unproven players many millions of dollars.

What NFL teams have the most difficulty measuring is heart. How big is it? How hard will they work to overcome difficulties? How much do they really want it? Clearly it’s difficult to measure. And it makes all the difference. No one saw the size of Tom Brady’s heart when he was passed up in rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5… and remember Ryan Leaf – the #2 draft pick overall the year Peyton Manning was drafted #1? No, you probably don’t. My assumption is he had a small brain and small heart.

So, what’s my point related to hiring? We need to be measuring the heart of the candidate when we are recruiting, screening, hiring, and gambling with the lives of our future employees and our own business.

  • Are you asking questions related to their passions?
  • Have you tried to not only match their skills to your job, but your job to their skill set?
  • Do you understand what they are really excited about besides a salary?
  • Are you sampling their real heart in terms of past performance and giving them present day homework?

We need to stop interviewing and drug testing and dive deeper in the hiring process. If your next hire has a passion for success and your business, they will move mountains. If they look good, sound good, and make you laugh, who knows what will happen when you hire them.

Make every day count~ Drew Schmitz


One Response to “Hiring Heart”

  1. Tammy May 10, 2011 at 2:17 am #

    Spot on!

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