Herb Kelleher, co-founder of Southwest Airlines, said it best: “Hire for attitude, train for skills.”
What does this mean, exactly, and why is it good advice to follow?
Skills and performance matter, but they aren’t everything. If you’ve ever had an employee who got excellent results but caused drama and division in the workplace, you know first-hand that performance comes with a price.
Skills can be learned. Attitude can’t. It’s equally if not MORE important that your employees share your company’s core values.
Here are a few steps we recommend you take when hiring new employees to your team:
Define Your Core Values
Your company’s Core Values make you unique and serve as a baseline for your business’s actions and decisions. They attract like-minded people to your organization and weed out those who aren’t a fit.Use Core Values alignment to help you hire, evaluate, and reward your employees.
Use the “Who’s On Your Team” Chart
Determine if your employee is a high performer or a low performer and if they believe in and share your Core Values. Then plot them into one of the quadrants on the chart. Here’s what each of the quadrants mean:
Assess Your New Hires
During the hiring process, the “Who’s On Your Team” chart can increase your chances of hiring a Climber or a Camper.
You can also evaluate them using the following tools:
Are you searching for the next key leader in your company? Do you need help finding the right person for the right open position? VisionSpark uses proven processes and proprietary vetting tools to help you Hire With Confidence™! Ready to get started? Contact us!