How To Hire a Great Person

When it comes to hiring and recruiting, how do you identify and retain top talent?

How do you hire a diamond?

How do you even begin to recognize top talent in the first place? Beyond the Disc Profiles, Myers Briggs assessments and stacks of resume’s.

In addition to a great work ethic, I believe these 5 things are important when it comes to hiring a GREAT person! We can train for skill all day long, yet if we are missing these five important factors when it comes to hiring a great person then we are missing the mark.

Here’s what we need to be looking for when it comes to hiring THE best person:

 In the UK there’s a saying “They don’t make diamonds as big as bricks” – Go mining deep, to find your diamond!




1. Attitude

Attitude, I would definitely recommend that you hire for attitude AND then, train for skill. A person that has a good attitude can be taught. They are open to learning.  Train for skill, and hire for attitude. Bringing on board a person who is positive, who has a genuine passion and love for the work they are being interviewed for is a great start. Look for behavioral examples in their career path that reflect similar values and relevant work experiences that align with your company values and culture and mission. You want someone who can add value to the team whose idea’s may even differ from your own and yet could help to increase the bottom line and or other area’s of the business. While it’s important to hire someone who is looking out in the same direction, who is certainly on board with your vision, do be open to ideas and celebrate the strengths, gifts and talents that they bring to the table. Focus on being stronger together.

2. Enthusiasm

Enthusiasm is key. It doesn’t mean the person you hire must be a social butterfly, although they might. It does mean they must have energy, a positive presence and a curiosity about the business, the vision, and mission, they have a love for people and life in general. You want to look for someone who has energy! Hire for their openness and excitement to learn and get involved. You can tell when a person is working in their area of strength because they light up. There is a real energy. Sometimes employees behave like grounded planes, meaning when they do not feel stretched, or as though they are truly working in their area of strength they can become anxious and bored. Their busy work may not be their life’s work. Aligning the enthusiasm and matching a candidates strengths to the role or creating a role that will suit their talents and strengths, while providing opportunity for business growth and personal growth is very important for the long term, hire right approach.

3. Character

Watch what a person does and he or she will show you who they are. We’ve all met the big talkers, the person at the party that talks a good game. Watch what a person does, more so than what they say and they will reveal to you, who they are. What is it about them that makes them a great person? Who are they? What have they become, or working to become? What can you see in their career path or history that demonstrates to you that they you are partnering with a great person? As you evaluate their character, being aware of your own values and criteria of what makes for a great person is key.

4. Partners

Will hiring this person add value and bring about long term growth to the organization? Is this someone who not only looks out in the same direction yet will also bring about fresh new exciting, creative ideas for expansion and growth for the future? Is this a person I can see myself partnering with, like a marriage? Is this someone I want to spend time with and invest in? Will we be better, stronger, more powerful together than solo? Can we have fun together? Can we work and play together? Does this person share similar values, passions and a love for this work? Can we get along and appreciate our differences? These are the questions one must ask when it comes to hiring a great person!


What can I give to this partnership? What do they bring to the table? What is about this person, mission, work that I love?

5. Coach-able

Is this person coach able? Are they willing and eager to learn? Are they self motivated? Do they, will they work to improve, develop, grow and progress because of their drive and desire to improve? Are they open to feedback, to constructive criticism? Even if you hire for attitude, a person must be coach-able. We can all improve in some way and we all can learn something new, no matter our current skill set or level of expertise.

What are your thoughts on hiring a great person, a diamond? What do you look for? Share your comments, thoughts and experiences here.

Janet I Mueller is the CEO of J Mueller Group. She passionately serves and helps her clients and audiences to unlock and achieve their full potential, raise their self-esteem through personal growth and leadership development. Helping leaders to become excellent leaders through practice and philosophy of servant leadership. Janet is a mentor for the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship with Virgin Unite, mom, educator, executive coach, speaker and published author. Coming soon, her new book “The Blossoming – A Leader’s Guide 10 Keys To Unlocking Your Blooming Potential”. Author of “A Champion’s Guide To Thriving Beyond Breast Cancer”Janet is an advocate for women and girls and member of RAINN the largest national anti sexual assault organization. She is hired to speak on personal growth, leadership development and self-esteem.

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