Culture is such an intimate and important item for a manager to gauge when hiring. New hires are a major influencer on the shape, skill and morale of the team. It can take months to recover from the mistake of a bad culture fit. I’ve learned a few lessons along the way about some key characteristics in my star agents versus the ones that just left nothing but a scar on the team.
There are always a few key questions I ask myself and my staff to verify during the hiring process:
- Would I be ok with this person potentially becoming my superior one day?
- If this person were explaining their new role to someone they met in a bar, would they be able to effectively communicate what the mission of the company is? How enthusiastic would they be?
- Would I want to have a beer or go to lunch…
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