Hiring People: Observe their People Skills

Hiring People: Observe their People Skills

Akio Morita, Co-Founder of Sony Corporation, said “Your business and its future are in the hands of the people you hire.” Hiring great people is critical to success. Great people make great things happen. Since people can either be your biggest asset or your greatest liability, your hiring process must be thorough and consistently followed.

According to Dale Carnegie, author of “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” success is determined 80% by people skills and 20% by technical skills. If people skills determine 80% of success, they must be assessed during the hiring process. While thoughtful questions are useful, observing candidates in action is generally the most telling.

When you observe candidates, both in and out of the office, ask yourself: How do they interact with people in the lobby? … with your assistant? How do they interact with the janitor on the elevator? … with the server in the restaurant? Do they get along with, understand and value people? Will people follow them?

All contents copyright © 2013, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.


3 Responses to Hiring People: Observe their People Skills

  1. Erin Sarren says:

    Great advice!


  2. Connie Masten says:

    Great post. Keep them coming!


  3. Hester Corby says:

    This post was actually a great and useful piece of writing. I am very glad that you decided to share this knowledge with us. Thanks.


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