Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! I discovered that some business men and women usually hire people base on either he or she is our church member, family member, my neighbour or other reasons that sounds good but shouldn’t count. Others employ people base on their certificates and forget that anybody can purchase any certificate. I have seen graduates who don’t make sense. It’s not what it’s written on the paper, but what is in his or her brain.
Unless your organization is a charity organization where anything goes, otherwise don’t ever employ liabilities in the name of he is my friends son. Why do we employ people? To come in with their expertise and move our organizations from where it is to where it should be. So when you hire a young lady and call her sales lady, and all she does for you is to lodge money into your account in the bank on daily, you are as good as someone who doesn’t have a staff unless you deliberately hired her for that purpose.
One of the secrets of billionaires and multimillionaires is that they know how to hire the right persons. Some people became very wealthy because they employed those who are smarter than them. They employed value-added staff, not liabilities that cannot generate one idea that will move the organization forward.
As a company owner for example, you may not know everything. In fact, your ideas might be so obsolete, antiquated and moribund that they cannot survive in the 21st century. If you are in that situation right now, there are two important things you must do. First, you need urgent training. Go back to school, attend a conference or seminar, read books that deals with your area of expertise and pay a consultant to help you. Secondly, employ someone or people who are smarter than you.
It will be very disastrous for an individual who is struggling to grow his company to employ someone who has no idea of what to do in order to take you and your organization out of that quagmire. It’s good to employ your relatives if they are qualified, if not, establish them in whatever they want to do in life, and search for those who can add value to your organization.
There are three kinds of people that will show up anytime you call for an interview.
1. The Right Candidates. From my experience this set of people are usually in the minority in every interview session. That is why I advise that you should not carry out an interview once because the people you are looking for might not show up the first time. Don’t be in a hurry to choose someone. Pencil down the individuals you think might fit into the position and call for another interview, you will definitely see someone that will surprise you.
2. Not The Right Candidate, But Willing To Learn. People usually ask what to do when they see an individual who doesn’t really fit into the position they are hiring someone to fill, but they are willing to learn. My answer is simple, if the position is not too sensitive you can hire the person. But if it’s a position where one mistake can cost you dearly, please look for the right person.
Personally, I like those who don’t know but they are willing to learn. That’s why I take mentorship very serious. Once I see someone who knows that he doesn’t know, but he wants to know, am always ready to help if I can. While doing that, I won’t give them an important assignment. I will give them the opportunity to grow by giving them not too important assignment. I think everyone that runs an organization should try that so that we can give people the opportunity to gain experience.
3. Those Who Came To Waste Your Time. During an interview I organized for a company few weeks ago I met a young man that belongs to this category. The first question I asked him was, “Kindly sell yourself to me,” and he didn’t even understand what I said. He said to me, “What do you mean sir?” I repeated the same question and he was looking at me as if he couldn’t understand simple English.
Some of us that employs people by sympathy will definitely employ people like that because you are not even interested in conducting ordinary interview because he or she is your relative. If you employ that kind of person you will be carrying out three assignments at the same time. You will be doing your job, you will be supervising him, and you will be teaching him how to do his job at the same time.
Arte Nathan said, “You can’t teach employees to smile. They have to smile before you hire them.” Malcolm Forbes puts it this way, “Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to.” For those who usually complain about the high cost of hiring professionals, Red Adair has this for you, “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”
Although it might cost much to hire the right individual, but you will gain a lot on the long run. You cannot compare the input of a professional to that of an amateur. A professional may cost you millions to get, but he will help you to generate hundreds of millions. An amateur will cost you less, but he or she might incur damages that will cost you more. By all means hire an amateur who is ready to learn but mind what you entrust into his or her hands. To be continued. Welcome to the world of unlimited possibilities!
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