Friday, April 17, 2009


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.


Wudas said...

I'll be interested to see how that works out. I've never heard of anyone doing that before.

angie, party of one said...

It will work out, it's a good idea.
When I hire new agents, they have to work the swing shifts and midights with the current bail agents. If I get negative feedback, that is work related not personal crap, I usually don't move them on to the next step, which is an expensive bail class that our company pays for and state test.
So far, the agents have been right on!

Shannon said...

I think it's a very clever and creative idea to let fellow employees have a say in who is hired. Especially when they're the ones working directly with the new employee.

dwgnldy said...

That's an excellent idea letting the staff make the final decision. They are the ones who will have to live with the new hire.

Surprisingly, they'll be very perceptive and have good instincts.