I Keep Hiring the Wrong People

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from someone who wishes to remain anonymous. 

Neagle Code Question

Hi David,

My question is around team. I’ve recently hired a few people whom I’ve had to subsequently fire. It’s frustrating, because I need good people on my team right now. I feel like I’m stagnating my own growth. I’m not moving as fast as I need to be moving. It seems like the people I’m hiring are just taking advantage of the situation. I’m spending all this cash and they’re literally not doing the work.

Why does this keep happening? What is going on subconsciously where I’m attracting people who aren’t good for my business? Is it something energetic where I’m stopping my own growth unintentionally? Or is it just the simple fact of hiring slow and firing fast? I have contracts and statements of work, so these people should be clear on what my expectations are. As soon as I see that they’re not meeting the expectations, I address the issue head on.

Neagle Code Answer

I’m a big fan of not giving meaning where it’s not supposed to be given.

The truth is, you don’t really know who you’re hiring until after you work with them. Part of this may be that you need to take some time to find the right people. It might take a couple of hires to find the right person, that right fit.

And never forget that hiring is a SKILL.

Anybody can say whatever they want on a resume. References usually turn out okay, because people will only give you references from those who will say good things about them.

Ask yourself:

  • Have I done everything on my end to make sure I’m clearly communicating?
  • Do I have clear standards and expectations?
  • Am I holding people accountable?
  • Am setting them up for success, and doing everything I can to make sure they’re successful in their role?
  • Am I having them do test projects to prove their competence?

If you can check all those things off the list—and that person still isn’t meeting expectations—then they’re not the right person. Fire them fast and hire someone else. And don’t get bogged down into making this mean something it doesn’t mean.

All of those things listed above are a big piece of hiring someone—unless you’re flat out missing something key during the hiring process. If not, it could just be that they aren’t who they say they are.

It’s about looking at it for what it is, getting a second opinion, and being like, “Hey, here’s my process. Do you see anything I’m missing?” And then letting it go and finding the right person.

Sometimes you just have to go through that process of hiring a few people to find the right one.

And sometimes you may not be the right person to do the hiring. There’s nothing wrong with hiring a recruiter or a service to complete the vetting process for you.

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