How to hire candidates with your core values.
Without falling into “corporate speak”, candidates need to have or share some of the same core values as your establishment or the relationship will not last and will be likely chalked up to being a “bad hire.” Look at the most successful people in your employment. What traits do you see in them that causes you to think they are so successful with you? Now compare them to employees that “didn’t work out.” By listing the differences you will be able to see where personality counts and what traits you should be looking for in your establishment.
Good hiring works on the premise that opposites attract where different personalities can complement each other. Admit your own weaknesses to balance your team – look for people that are not like you!
If your management style is logical, exact and meticulous, look for people that are inventive, spontaneous and theoretical.
If you’re strict, serious and demanding, look for those that are accepting, motivated and empathetic.
If you’re careful, hands-on and down to earth, you’re after those that are inventive, conceptual and easygoing.
For each position in your company, ask yourself what’s really important in a candidate and what basic skills are required. They will all be different. A line cook’s personality will likely be very different from that of a server or an accounting clerk. What are these differences? Try this for EVERY position in your establishment and get them written into your job descriptions for all positions. Once these profiles are in place you will find it so much easier to look for and recruit the ideal candidates for your establishment.
Mike has worked across Canada as a food and beverage professional and currently divides his time between writing and teaching people how to start and run their own businesses.