Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

HIRING WRONG - and RIGHT

Magazine article Library Administrator's Digest

HIRING WRONG - and RIGHT

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How fast should you move when you sense you've made a hiring mistake?

In a word, very. So fast, in fact, that if you're moving at the right speed in taking care of a hiring mistake, it will probably feel too fast. That's OK In every case, a rapid intervention is better for the organization, your own career, and even the person you're letting go.

Look, hiring great people is brutally hard. New managers are lucky to get it right half the time. And even executives with decades of experience will tell you that they make the right calls 75 percent of the time at best.

The problem is, the stakes are so high. Never has it been so important to field a team with the best players. Every smart idea matters. Every ounce of passion makes a difference. You cannot have a black hole in your organization where a star should be.

And yet, as your question implies, too many managers procrastinate for too many months before acting on their hiring mistakes. They'll tell you they're hoping the mistake's performance will improve with time and experience. They might also moan about the time that's required to find someone new and bring him up to speed.

Of course, the best way to handle hiring mistakes is to not hire them in the first place. Yes, bringing in the right people is, as noted above, a tough business fraught with pitfalls. But you can really improve your chances if you fight like hell against the three main hiring impulses that most often get managers into trouble.

The first is using your gut. …

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