5 - Find a Good Fit

Who to Hire


The last session examined healthy practices when conflict arises. In this session, Patrick details how to find new employees who will fit well in your organization.



Not everyone belongs in your organization. Some people fit well with your company’s culture and practices, while others clash. Patrick suggested that employers identify the core values of their organization and hire those who uphold those values.  

Patrick mentioned that most employers look for a certain skill set or work experience. What have you looked for in an employee? Why?
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Patrick encouraged employers to hire employees who align with the organization’s core values. In what ways do you determine if a potential employee will fit well in your company?
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Patrick also said that new employees should work well with existing employees. Would you say it’s an easy transition bringing someone new on your team? Why or why not?
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What sorts of practices or attitudes are unacceptable in your company? What actions are praised?
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What are some of your company’s core values? Based on those values, what kind of employees does your company want to attract? If you’re uncertain, how does your answer to the question above speak to what your company values? What steps could you take with other leaders to articulate your organization’s values this week?
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When you hire someone, look for a person who will work well with your current employees and represent your company’s values. The interview process helps employers weed out those who wouldn’t be ideal for their organization. Listen to what Patrick has to say about a creative interview process. 



Patrick said interviewers can strive for creativity in interviews. He talked about throwing and interviewee into a situation where they have to multitask and handle stress. For example, an interviewer could take a potential employee to a grocery store to see how he or she handles lines, accomplishes tasks, and relates to people. 

Would you consider adopting Patrick’s suggestion next time you interview someone? Why or why not?
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What creative approaches have you used in the interview process? Did it help you choose the best candidate for the job? Why or why not?
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Patrick listed a few tips about interviewing:

  • Ask the same question more than once.
  • Ask the interviewee what others would say about him or her.
  • Ask about his or her passions.

Which of Patrick’s suggestions, if any, have you used before? Which ones could you try next time you interview?
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Patrick closed his talk by offering two suggestions for making an interview collaborative.

  • Have several team members interview a candidate together.
  • Set up interview schedule where interviewers can debrief with each other.
 

Would you ever consider a collaborative interview process? Why or why not?
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How might bringing other team members into interviews shape the hiring process at your company?
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In what ways could you implement one of Patrick’s interview suggestions next time you hire a new employee?
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As you hire new employees and integrate them into the company, take Patrick’s advice into consideration. Your employees reflect your organization, so it’s important to choose carefully. Hiring the right people begins the journey toward a healthy company culture.