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Doing Business in India For Dummies® by Ranjini Manian

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Make the Right Hiring Choices

If you want your employees to be happy, you need to be happy with them. And that means you’ve got to make wise hires. I talk about recruitment issues in Chapter 7, but Chanakya also has something to say on the topic.

He felt that a sound, trainable person is one with the following qualities: ability to listen, ability to think from all angles, ability to reject false views, desire to learn, and intentness on truth, not on any person.

These pointers come to you from 2000 years ago to help you when you’re sitting in the interviewer’s chair, quizzing prospective employees. You may be inundated with résumés all citing lofty degrees and competencies each more impressive than the last. So how do you select the right person? Frame your questions so that the candidates’ potential (or lack of it) in these areas is made crystal clear, and presto, your choice becomes easy.

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