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The 5 Habits of Highly Successful Hiring Managers

Posted by Erin Borgerson on 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 culturesuccessful hiring manager

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" Processsuccessful hiring manager

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 Bosssuccessful hiring manager

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 Leadersuccessful hiring manager

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. 

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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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Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.