What to Look For When Hiring Your Next Team Member

Hiring your next key staff member is a critical decision for your business and something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, many company’s who don’t have a designated person for hiring often make some critical mistakes when searching through resumes and going through the interview process. Whenever in doubt, remember the saying “hire slow, fire fast.”

The first thing to assess BEFORE you begin the interview process is what qualities this new opening requires. Is this an admin role where you need an organized, consistent, and dedicated person or is this a sales role where being assertive, money-motivated, and outgoing are desirable traits?

While interviewing it’s important to assess if the person’s natural qualities and abilities match your desires for the position.

Second, remember that SKILLS are teachable, but willingness, openness to change, and capabilities are much harder to change in people. If someone has all the desirable traits, a willingness to learn, and a strong dedication to what they are doing they will be able to quickly pick up on the new type of work and will more often than not prove to be a great team member. On the other hand, a person who looks great on paper, has a lot of experience, but isn’t open to change and doing things the way of the new company will cause more grief than good.  In both situations the outcome will vary, so you have to apply some practical judgment to your decision.

It’s critical that your interviewee has PASSION for their work. While it may be difficult to administer a passion test during your interview, be sure to ask what the person enjoys both in life and in work. Often we hire the wrong person simply because they are good or experienced at something, but they may have lost their passion for it which can lead to an unhappy employee and an even unhappier you.

Overall, look at the total package a person has to offer. At times one strength can outweigh several weaknesses. During the interview process be sure to LISTEN a lot more than talk, you want to give the person a chance to talk you into hiring them, or even better to talk you out of it.

20 year anniversary: – love what you do!

It’s hard to believe that I stepped lightly and yet seriously into this profession 20 years ago today: November 6, 1989. Lightly, because I was excited about my first job, and seriously, because it was my first job.  Little did I know how much I would enjoy this industry, make an impact in it, and now 20 years later actively lead my own company.Kira

Being involved in this service industry I am proud of our core values and how they line up to serve others.  Some critical things that I have discovered over the twenty years are that success comes down to two things: our relationship with all parties involved and providing exceptional service with the willingness to do what it takes to get the job done right and to do it that way consistently every time.

This profession has been and still is at many firms notorious for the long hours that staffing firms require.  I know, I lived it.   I am excited to provide an environment where our colleagues can lead well balanced and purposeful lives.  Working to eliminate stress and pressure helps us provide and deliver the highest levels of service and top talent. 

Enjoying what you do in your profession is very important and knowing that it fulfills your life’s purpose is icing on the cake.  I go to work every day, loving what I do…I have found that I am a living example of when you love your work, you will never work another day in your life.  Part of what we do at FORTIS is help others find that perfect role, that they will enjoy, find purposeful, and fulfilling. 

Through understanding our clients, we are able to provide professionals that are perfectly suited for their companies.  We add value to their departments and assist them in succession planning at all levels. In the end we add tremendous value and simply make everyone’s lives easier.

All success lies at the heart of relationships.  Over the years as I served as a consultant, recruiter and executive in the staffing industry I have come to the conclusion that nothing is more valuable than the relationship with your clients, candidates and colleagues.  Focusing on the relationship is the foundation upon which FORTIS was created.  I am happy to say that my years of experience have led me to places where I can confirm this time and again.  I look forward to my continued years of service to those who call upon us to impact their lives and their companies.