Hiring is never easy. Hiring for a key executive position is one of the most difficult things you’ll ever do as a leader. “Most decisions a business makes are small.,” says David E. Perry, co-author of Hiring Greatness: How to Recruit Your Dream Team and Crush the Competition and an expert with more than 30 years of experience who’s been dubbed “The Rogue Recruiter” in the press. “A single sale or interaction doesn’t add that much value to a small business, or damage it much if it goes wrong,” he says. “Hiring an executive is different. That can make or break an organization.”
A star employee can catapult your company to new heights by increasing sales, boosting productivity, finding new markets or directions, or creating new innovations, he adds. On the other hand, “a bad hire may mortally wound a small business.”
As if that weren’t challenging enough, in today’s tight labor market, competition for key talent is fierce. This is why large companies with deep pockets pay hefty sums to executive search firms in the hopes of bringing in the kind of talent that can help the company grow. What if you don’t have the cash it takes to hire a great search firm? You can do a lot of the things a search firm would do for you, Perry says. Follow these steps, and you’ll dramatically increase your chances of hiring a winner every single time.