Hiring talent is worst than dating. Sure, you can get a match maker (recruiter) to help you out but in the end, you are the boss and need to sell the company. That’s why this post by Rands rings so true it hurts my ears. Talk about nailing it to the wall. My favorite part is toward the end:
“If you’re hiring well, you’re hiring people not just for this job, but for your career. These are the people who, for better or worse, will explain to others what it is like to work with you. They’ll explain your quirks, your weaknesses, and your strengths. When they eventually leave the group, they’re taking your reputation with them.”
I wish I could get newbie managers to understand this. I try by saying that you never stop working for me or more importantly, I never stop caring about your career or development. Why? Because of what Rands said at the end.
“When they eventually leave the group, they’re taking your reputation with them.”
Every manager needs to live this mantra because it’s the most important thing you can remember about developing your people.