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Old 04-18-2011, 05:14 AM   #1
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Finding New Talent


When interviewing- Everyone says they are great at everything. But where do you look for your next new hire? How do you go about it?
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Old 04-18-2011, 06:43 AM   #2
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I generally look to fellow tradesmen for a referral---or someone else who's work I've seen.

Last time I hired a complete stranger I told him ,"I've got three days work for you,I have no idea if you have the skills I need----After the three days I'll pay you--We can part friends."

I worked with him off and on for a couple of years.---Mike-----

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That's a great way of doing it Mike.
You gave him a realistic expectation.
You got a chance to see what he could do.

Can you two work together?
Is his skill set the same as yours?

I like to look at their trucks and their tools.
That usually tells me a lot.
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When interviewing- Everyone says they are great at everything. But where do you look for your next new hire? How do you go about it?
It's been 3 years since i have hired someone! You pinpoint my exact frustration and why I haven't gone out to look for someone, everyone has 10 , 20 years experience and can do it all....I find it pretty stressful And kind of exhausting trying to get someone. To perform the way I want them too.
And the approach to not commiting and only giving them 3 days isn't a bad idea....I guess you just have to definitely have a job set up to make sure you can get a full test of what you want from them.
One thought I had was setting up a shower wall with a Shelf and having the interview pretty much being them tiling that wall and shelf.....just to see how they worked.
I had a job once where the first thing they had me do was build a sawhorse, just to see How I thought of things.
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My tryout test was building a toolbox.



That's when I was 17.....I'm 60

That sucker's 43 years old and I still have it in my truck all the time.
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When you hire someone, everyone knows what they're doing...hire who you feel comfortable with and when they start working, give them a day or two to get comfortable and by then you will know they stay or go.

On the general note, people who don't know as much, as you want them to know, and they're honest about it and willing to learn, most of the time are the best choices to hire.

When you get people who think they know everything or who think they know more then you do, they're the ones who get that mentality after a while, you cannot make it without them...not to mention you been around for 20 or some years and did just fine...They usually don't make it through a conversation after the first few minutes.

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What about hiring someone with more skill in a particular area than you?
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when they start working, give them a day or two to get comfortable and by then you will know they stay or go.
Thanks for putting that up. It can be downright terrifying to start work for a new person sometimes. Not knowing where anything is, or names, or the groove of the crew can really make you look stupid when you actually know what you are doing, but do it a little differently than they do.

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What about hiring someone with more skill in a particular area than you?
Curveball, I like it.

That seems like a tough position to be in because any potential employees could seriously screw you if they actually didn't know a damn thing but were very confident.

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