Hiring people? This is what you need to know


Here are three simple rules to improve the hiring process according to Richard Branson.

1. Hire your weaknesses

It is actually difficult for any leader to hire someone to do the job, while you feel you don’t have the knowledge and skills to do it yourself. However, there are benefits out of this process as you hire someone that has the right skills for your expanding organization, thus your growing team will get another one “weapon”.

The first most difficult step is to be so honest and admit that you don’t really have the right skills that your business requires. It is a wise decision to let professionals do their work and discuss about their expertise though.

Even the famous entrepreneur Richard Branson likes to look for talent in places where he himself does not excel, recalling that Spanx’s CEO Sara Blakely once said to him: “The smartest thing I ever did in the early going was to hire my weaknesses.”

Evaluate where you personally could stand to improve, and seek out that quality in others.

2. Personality > Experience

An applicant’s previous experience is not so important! Hire candidates from different job sectors, and lead your team into better and more creative solutions.

Citing Ralph Waldo Emerson, who once said “Character is higher than intellect,” It is not easy to find out about a candidate’s character in an Interview only by reading a CV and asking questions. What Branson does is asking candidates to play games with one another and make exercises during an Interview. The idea is to let applicants’ personalities shine through in simulated real-life situations–as it is more important to get people within your working environment who can laugh and have fun with your guests.

3. Working “free”

Nowadays, we observe more job applicants who want to have a position in a company with less structure and this is a crucial decision for many CEO’s as they favor them due to less operational company costs.

According to Branson again, “The not insignificant issue is, ‘You can take the person out of the cage, but can you take the cage out of the person?'”

Of course there benefits for Managers and Executives to work from home and but they actually depend on structure, and can’t handle the responsibility that comes with having freedom at work.