In this post you will find a plethora of ‘inside scoops’ that you can use. If you’re a business leader and you’re recruiting people, then I recommend you use some of the systems I outlined below to make better hiring decisions. If you’re looking to be a business leader and want to work at a growth company like Black Card Books then pay close attention because this is what we are looking for.
And, P.S., I didn’t hold back and included some ‘tough love’ for all. 🙂
As the CEO of Black Card Books, I’m always on the lookout for top talents – leaders, either within our company or outside, that can bring their skills, abilities, experiences and leadership to our great company.
My #1 responsibility as the leader of this great company is to develop more leaders. I spend 80% of my time building up my leaders and creating a culture where people are impeccable, can excel and work as hard as they want. That’s the culture that exists at Black Card Books and, let me tell you, our culture is our #1 asset.
Our culture is the asset I protect the most because it’s our DNA, it’s our lifeblood and hiring just one wrong person can put all of that in jeopardy which is why we are VERY CAREFUL when it comes to hiring.
As I wrote in my book Messy Manager, “hire slow and fire fast”; this protects culture.
That being said, as a growth company, we need to recruit a lot of people. In the last 12 months we’ve doubled our size from a staff perspective and the landscape of recruiting has changed so much in the last five years that I’m wondering if people understand how much it’s changed.
For example, I don’t want a resume anymore, I want a video application. I don’t want a piece of paper with some words on it, I want to SEE how good you are. I want to see how creative you are. I want to see how comfortable you are being uncomfortable. I want to see if you will fit into our culture.
References, I don’t want references! I want your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat handles so I can see how you interact with your followers.
Google is everyone’s best friend so you can sure bet I will be googling your name and seeing what comes up. If nothing comes up, that’s my first clue. Are you visible or invisible?
As the recruiting landscape changes in the business world, I urge the leaders of tomorrow to embrace these changes. The examples I gave above are not ‘nice to have’, they are requirements. I will not hire anyone without doing that research.
Furthermore, if you can’t figure out how to do a video in today’s world, you’re probably not a good fit for our company because we are so cutting-edge, technologically advanced and on the cusp of greatness that our culture will be unbearably uncomfortable for you.
Last, but certainly not least, is SPEED. If you want to work at any growth-oriented company, whether it be Black Card Books or any other company, you need to move FAST. This isn’t like working for the government here (*zinger for my government working friends) where you can take your time and think about stuff forever.
If my EA sends you an email and doesn’t get a response in 24 hours, you’ve lost your chance. If you don’t have a Skype ID and aren’t volunteering to get one, you’ve lost your chance. If you can’t prove your success track with actual results (not just words) you’ve lost your chance.
Some people might think this post is harsh but, frankly, it’s the reality of the business world, especially growth-oriented companies that are growing at 50%-100% year-over-year.
At the end of the day, this is a good thing for both the business and the new recruit. The reason is because there is no bigger waste of time and money for all of us than hiring the wrong people. I’m not just talking about a waste of our time as business owners, but frankly a waste of YOUR time if you’re the applicant.