When you hire the worst? First let me say that I am not recommending making bad hiring decisions so that you can learn from them! But, today I was in a conversation with a friend about hiring and the thought hit me: I have learned some of my best lessons when I made some of my worst hires.

Hiring is difficult, it takes preparation, and I really think you need other people to consult in the process. Even considering those things, hiring will be one of the most difficult parts of your job. So, what have I learned?

  • Don’t hire because of need. I’ve made hiring decisions because we “needed” someone in the position. Learn from me: if you hire based upon need alone, the person will be short-lived in the position. Do the role yourself before you relocate the wrong person – no matter how much you hate that thought!
  • Don’t allow the person to trump the position. If the person you are interviewing cannot meet the minimum requirements of the position, then they will never accomplish the maximum impact you need in ministry. Don’t change the position to get a person. Know what you are hiring for and stick to it.
  • Don’t compromise your personal values. Figure out what you value and do not compromise that – you will never be satisfied with that person if you do. For instance, I value promptness. If you are interviewing a person and they never show up on time, rest assured that it will likely be a problem in the future (and you will always think back to those interviews).

The list could go on for days, but I’ll instead point you to a great resource. Tim Stevens and Tony Morgan’s Simply Strategic Stuff will help you in hiring (and firing). What are some other resources that have helped you?

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