I think I have come up with a good idea.
I interviewed a whole lot of people and looked at hundreds and resumes. I picked out four people who I really liked and I asked them each if they would like to come and work for 2 hours at the office (all at different times) and see how they might like the job and give them a chance to see exactly what positions I am hiring for and that I would go from there.
One girl worked two hours and I when I asked her at the end of shift if she had a questions, she looked me right in the eyes and said, "Only one." I said, "What's that?" She then asked me, "How do you feel about nose piercings? Cuz, umm, I have been thinking about getting mine pierced and I just wanted to check with you before you hired me."
I have no problem with nose piercings, I think they look great and have seen some very pretty subtle nose rings. I did have a problem with that being her only question. So one was out of the running right away.
One girl called and canceled, upon thinking about the hours it was really a bit more than she wanted to work with a young family to raise at home.
Two of the ladies are really very good. But here is my brilliant idea: I asked staff to make the choice of who we should hire after they worked with each candidate for a two hour shift.
You see, we have been so lucky at work with a great team. After my last hire my team kind of fell apart. So I think the people who do the training and work side by side with the new hire should have a choice. The more I think about the more I think their chances of making the right choice are actually greater than mine.
I think I start to build my team back with letting them take part choosing who they work with. I stressed that they should not sweat it if the the hire they choose does not work out. I hired a girl once who seemed great in interview but when push came to training, she could not add, no joke could not add up the day end. I let her go within two weeks and was back to the drawing board. I am in no way infallible in the hiring department. So wish me luck, I hope to have a team decision sometime Monday.