“Ok,” my client said, “I get it, the only way I’m going to get to where I want to go with this company is by having only A-level people on my team. But where do I find them?”
Here’s how my clients find their A-Team members. They:
- Get referrals from their current A-Team members. Most likely your A-Team folks know other A-level people. Remember, your A-Team members want to work with other A-level people so it’s to their benefit to find the best potential candidates
- Are constantly on the look-out for high potential people: their networking is as much about finding good people as it is about finding good opportunities for their business.
- Compete in their community’s Top Places to Work award programs (and usually win). They promote their status as such to clients, vendors, and potential team members.
- Are clear about what makes an A-Team member. They design their hiring process around determining if potential hires have these same qualities.
- Are sure to share their vision story with potential hires (and everyone else for that matter). A-players want to work with leaders who have an exciting vision.
- Never hire anyone they aren’t very, very excited about. As one client told me, “If we aren’t doing back flips over a potential hire, we don’t make the offer.”
- Are not afraid to steal great people from their competitors.
- Hire as much (or maybe more) for culture fit as skills.
- Are not afraid to pay top dollar for an A-level person. Remember, a true A-level person will give you a great return on your investment.
- Find talent from within. They are always looking for and developing the “diamonds in the rough”.
How will you attract your next A-Team member?