The 5 Habits of Highly Successful Hiring Managers

By Adam Robinson,
October 11, 2013

Is your goal in life to be a highly successful hiring manager? Maybe you aspire to be the Donald Trump of hiring or the Steve Jobs of interviewing? Whatever your future looks like you must develop the right habits to become a successful hiring manager.

Here are 5 habits of successful hiring managers:

1. Be an expert in culture

One of the most innovative experts in company culture, Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, is known for his expert team building skills. Recently while discussing hiring with Kissmetrics he said, “Our number one priority is company culture. Our whole belief is that if you get the culture right, most of the other stuff like delivering great customer service or building a long-term enduring brand will just happen naturally on its own.”

We couldn’t agree more.

2. Create a “Thoreau” Process

Part of being a successful hiring manager is utilizing a process every time you hire. This ensures you recruit, source, interview, and verify each individual with a structured system that uncovers the right person, not just someone who is looking for a paycheck.

American author, Henry David Thoreau, once said, “Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”

Everyone wants to go to work where people enjoy their job, so keep Thoreau’s quote in mind while crafting your hiring process.

3. Interview like a Boss

If you want to be an interviewing boss, you must act like an interviewing boss. This means looking at interviewing like an art form. Orson Welles said it best when he stated, “I have made an art form of the interview.”

There are several rules to being an interviewing great:

1. Stick to the 80/20 rule and only speak 20% of the time during an interview. Your candidate should do most of the talking.

2. Create an interview guide. Never go into an interview without a guide created specifically for the role you are hiring for.

3. Stay away from illegal interview questions. Read about the 5 most commonly asked illegal interview questions. 

4. Be an Inspiring Leader

Arguably the most famous football coach of all time, Vince Lombardi, once said “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.’ To sum it up: If you want to build a successful team, you must be a leader that inspires each individual.

If you believe in your team, your hiring process will become remarkably better. 

5. Show Trust

As a hiring manager you must trust that you have a successful combination of instincts and knowledge. All good hiring managers have instincts that they trust when it comes to building their team, but how do you recognize that trust?

Hireology CEO, Adam Robinson, said in a recent interview “Trust without clarity produces wasted effort.”

Clarify your hiring process and understand what makes you trust people. You will become a better hiring manager just by building on that knowledge.

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About the Author

Adam co-founded Hireology with the mission to help growing companies make better hiring decisions through data and better technology. Adam is passionate about entrepreneurship, donating time to a number of organizations that support the entrepreneurial cause. Adam completed his undergraduate study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.