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  • The How and Why of Values Based Hiring

    Posted August 28, 2015 by Eden Lovejoy

    A client recently asked me, why hire to values? Aren’t skills most important?  Actually, you can always train a person with basic aptitude to the skills you want them to have (and sometimes avoid getting somebody with bad habits!), but values are hard-wired into a person.

    Values based hiring will tell you how a person is likely to think and to act in situations when you’re not there to observer or direct.  If values don’t’ match, you’ll be frustrated with your new hire, and odds are good they’re not going to work out.  So, if you haven’t done so already, it’s time to refresh how you’re doing your hiring. Here’s a list of do’s when hiring:

    • Ask scenario questions that force your candidate to tell you about an experience they’ve had and how they handled it. Think of scenarios that the person is likely to have experience with, and have some example scenarios in mind to prompt them if necessary.
    • Get clear on what is most important to you and your company. If you don’t have a set of values articulated, that’s a great place to start.
    • When you’re clear on your values, develop several questions that specifically tie to those. If you value celebrating people’s achievements, a person who feels that the need for positive feedback is a sign of weakness is not likely to be a fit!
    • Have a target answer for each question, then score the candidate based on how close they came to your best answer. Give the best possible answer a “10” and the worst possible answer a “1”.
    • Complete your scoring as quickly after your interview as possible and be realistic about the score. Don’t let your personal reaction to a person skew your scores.  My first mentor told me years ago: People will tell you who they are. . . believe them!

    Put these strategies in place and you’ll find your hiring process starts to bring you the absolutely right people for your business.  Stuck?  Schedule a meeting, let’s get to know each other, and maybe I can help!

    Values based hiring


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