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3 Strategies on Hiring the Best Talent for the Job

3 Strategies on Hiring the Best Talent for the Job

Eight Sample Interview Questions to Help You Hire the Right Person from the Start

Choosing and then losing your talent is one of business’s highest and most time consuming costs. Whether you are the owner, manager, HR Talent Recruiter or the CEO of your organization, the trials and search for the right people who will be productive, engaged members of your team may need a new approach.

I believe spending in 90% of your time finding and hiring the right candidate; while the other 10% of your time is ideally spent on firing or letting the unproductive member go.

In many cases, the reverse is true. I hear these excuses from management all too often:

  • “Give them another chance.”
  • “Maybe if I gave them more training.”
  • “I’m sure they’ll improve or change with more time (or more motivation).”

Before you start to wonder if you’ve made a mistake, let’s take a look at some ways to avoid the standard interview.

Here are three key principles that can help you hire the right person from the start:

  1. Be Creative

    Update your questions and throw in some curveballs that make the candidate think. Get to know them better. Take them on a short tour of the business and observe how they interact with the people you introduce them to.
    Does the person seem genuinely interested in the work of the company? How do they treat others with respect and equality?
    Perhaps sharing lunch at a restaurant will give you some details that will cinch that decision from your short list. Notice if they are polite, respectful, demonstrate good communication skills, or handle problems easily. Often a person’s behaviour and personality becomes clearer during a less formal environment.

  2. Have Clarity

    Know the job that is being filled. Not just the job description, but also the type of personality that will fit best in that department, the skills and behaviours that are required. Be clear on what training is provided and how they are evaluated.
    By knowing the organization’s values and priorities you can ask questions that will determine their values and whether there is a fit. Know the goals of the department’s supervisor so that you fully understand the job, the environment, the attitude and behaviours needed for the most ideal recruit.

  3. Create Unusual Interview Questions

    Ask questions that allow you to really KNOW the candidate.


    • How do you envision your ideal workweek? (If they have previous experience, then you can ask: “Tell me about your regular daily routine at your last job.”)
      You’ll discover what type of work environment or team dynamics help them to be most effective. You’ll learn how they approach their workday, how much autonomy and structure they had, and how passionate they were about their work.
    • Tell me how you have used your problem-solving skills and leadership in any capacity: work, school, or clubs? (This is a great question, particularly for those with little work experience.)
      Even if their skills aren’t an exact match for what they’ll be doing at your company, they may be able to tell a succinct story with a clear point where those communication skills will come in handy when the employee encounters a variety of challenges in the new role.
    • What would you do if you got behind schedule on your portion of a project?
      Their answer will give you some indication of their time management and problem-solving skills, as well as how they would seek advice or assistance to complete a task on time.
    • Give me an example of a situation when you worked in a diverse group with different opinions.
      The candidate’s answer may be a red flag if they did not have good examples of inclusive behavior and collaboration.
    • How do you like to receive feedback?
      You’ll discover the best way to communicate with them and whether or not they are sensitive to feedback, both positive and negative. Balancing this with your internal culture will be important and may need to be adjusted accordingly.
    • Can you tell me about a change or new idea that you wanted to get through at your last workplace (or class), but were met with resistance?
      You’ll learn how they deal with challenge and if they gave up or made it happen.
    • Imagine we’ve just hired you. What’s the most important thing on your to-do list on the first day of work?
      Their answer will give you a sense of organization, prioritization, judgment and decision-making skills.
    • Tell me what you would do with $50,000.
      This is a powerful question and its answer will determine what motivates the candidate and, if properly nudged through genuine conversation, will encourage the person to be more engaged, collaborative and valued.

With this type of approach to hiring new talent, you will find the perfect person who will make a great addition to the team!

About the Author, JoAnne Marlow, B. Comm., B. Ed., MA Leadership Principal

JoAnne Marlow

JoAnne Marlow is a leading authority, best selling author, and thought-leader in multi-generational communication and management systems. She offers CEOs and their managers the information and guidance they need to optimize their cross-generational employees' strengths and productivity to access their potential and achieve outstanding results.

Her latest book is available on Amazon: "25 Powerful Strategies to Hire and Successfully Retain Millennials".

What’s Not ‘Feeling On Purpose’ in Your Business All About?

What’s Not ‘Feeling On Purpose’ All About?

As an entrepreneur it’s most likely you have had your fair share of ups and downs in your business.

It may be around finances, relationships, circumstances and situations that got out of control. You found solutions to your problems and forged ahead growing your business.

Unless you have settled your very poor credit loans, you will never escape from it. You can apply for debt restructuring just to buy time to repay your debts. You can also negotiate with your creditor to give you a better repayment condition. If you are able to solve this, then getting cash loans next time would be easier.

And you felt good about it.

Now I’d like to ask you a really important question about how you feel when you are working ‘on and in’ your business.

Do you absolutely love what you do? Are you passionate about it?  Are there some tasks you would just rather give to someone else so you can get on with what you love to do?

You might be like most entrepreneurs who go through work phases where you love something you are doing when you first started out but then over time, the work or job loses it’s appeal.

You might even feel drained, resentful and even become less competent than you were when you first started. You may even suffer from a bit of burn-out where ‘life seems to be sucked right out of you.”

If you do, you are not alone and that may be because you haven’t really found your ‘Sacred Gifts’.

When you really ‘feel on purpose’ you are most likely using your sacred gifts even if you are not aware of them.  You do have skills and talents that certainly can have you feeling good about using them but there are a few key differences:

Skills – you can learn skills throughout your lifetime and you may even find enjoyment using them. Or you may learn them, use them, but not necessarily really get enjoyment from them.

Talents – you are born with certain talents that make you feel happy when you are using them. You may have a talent for writing, painting, swimming, photography, singing etc. but you do these more for your own personal pleasure and enjoyment.

Sacred Gifts – you are born with these, a gift from Source/Universe/God. The bigger difference between skills, talents and sacred gifts is that they are always for the benefit of someone else.

According to Monique MacDonald the Creator of the ‘Discover Your Sacred Gifts’ program there are 24 and we all have 3 – 5 of them.

So when you look at this diagram ‘Where do you feel most on purpose in your work life?’ decide where you are right now in your business.

Sacred gifts and feeling on purpose

Now that you have decided how to fix your credit, I’ll give you some clues about where you can tell that you may be using some of your Sacred Gifts.

These are 4 Signs of a Sacred Gift in you:

  1. FEEDBACK – listen to what people say to you. Do you often have people saying WOW that’s really a gift you did that so easily OR I feel so much better after talking with you?
  2. REPEATED PATTERNS – you were born with these gifts so think about repeated patterns you may have had from earlier in your life. Did you always like to teach, nurse, nurture, encourage others?
  3. ENERGIZING – this is when ‘time flies’ – you feel so energized you can even forget to eat! Pay attention to the levels of satisfaction you feel in your business right now and even in the past. What really juiced you?
  4. EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS – are you really getting ‘extra-ordinary’ results with some of the work that you do? Does it seem effortless but others are amazed at the results you get?

Using your Sacred Gifts can leave you feeling totally on purpose by allowing you to make a difference in the lives of others, all the while having great meaning for you. Sacred gifts can be dormant because as often happens for many people, ‘life’ takes over and those sacred gifts get shelved for the time being.

It’s interesting  to note that it is just important for you to know what gifts you do not have as the ones you do have!

When you know you don’t have a gift you look for someone in your business who has that gift and hire them to do what you do not love to do! You don’t have to be ‘all things to all people’ in your business!

About the Author, Dana J. Smithers


Dana J. Smithers is on a mission to inspire and empower women entrepreneurs around the world. At 50 she left a high-paying corporate job and over the years launched 3 businesses earning a 6-figure income.

As a Certified Law of Attraction Trainer she you how to use LOA tools to build a business by working on your limiting beliefs. As a Certified Sacred Gifts Guide she helps you discover what makes you feel on purpose and fulfilled. As an Emotion Code practitioner Dana knows how to release your trapped negative emotions that have built up over the years and are now holding you back from moving forward. She invites you to sign up for her enewsletter for tips, insights and inspiration and her FREE ebook 'The POWER of your WORDS' at Empowered Women in Business. She looks forward to making a real connection with you on www.FB.com/coachdanasmithers. Her NEW Law of Attraction Gratitude Journal is available on www.amazon.com.