Chapter 1Define Your Ideal Candidates

The most important step in hiring the perfect employee is also the very first step—clearly defining what you need (not just what you want) in a candidate so that your overall organization, not just you, will significantly benefit from your hiring decision. To find your "match made in heaven," start by identifying key factors that describe the whole person you are looking for. Look for skills and qualities that have been learned, that can be learned, and that can’t be learned, but also be aware of some other important aspects such as the candidate’s motivation and drive. For example, if someone has learned a software program or two, having to learn another program may be less important than hiring a person ...

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