How to Hire Like a Pro

How to Hire Like a Pro

When I hired a professional CEO to replace me as CEO of the publishing company I started, I expected him to make a lot of changes. But I honestly thought our hiring process was pretty good. The third day our new CEO (JT McCormick) told me and my co-founder:
“We need to hire at least three new people…and let’s use this as as opportunity to revamp your broke-ass hiring process.”

How could he say that? I immediately went at him, explaining all the ways our hiring right was great. His response:

“Let me get this straight–you’ve had to fire 9 of the first 11 people you hired. And you think you have a good hiring process?”

I actually laughed out loud.

The sad part is I REALLY DID think we had a good hiring process! We used a cool hiring management funnel (SparkHire), we used fancy personality tests like the Berke — we did all the things I thought fancy entrepreneurs were supposed to do.

JT wasn’t against those tools, he just pointed out what we were missing:

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