When it’s time to add to your team, traditional thinking says you should simply choose the candidate with the best skill set. Excellent credentials and lots of the right kind of experience will automatically translate into a great employee, right?
Not necessarily. As Brian Scudamore of O2E Brands points out, there’s more to a successful hire than just a snazzy resume.
As soon as your business involves more than one person, human dynamics become part of your success equation. Individual skills definitely matter in terms of getting tasks done, but your team’s cohesion and ability to work together have a huge impact on overall business outcomes.
In addition to the standard resume review and technical interview, then, Scudamore suggests two non-standard tests for a potential new employee:
The Beer Test
. Beverage preferences aside, ask yourself as an interviewer whether you’d enjoy “grabbing a beer” with this person. If the answer is yes, then you know this is someone you’ll be comfortable working with every day.
The BBQ Test
. You don’t need to drag out the Broil King, but do introduce your candidate to other members of your existing team. Will the new person fit with your office culture? Will they connect with coworkers? Staff don’t have to be best friends to make a good team, but some level of connection contributes to job satisfaction, and that’s strongly tied to performance
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