By John Borrowman, CPC
Borrowman Baker, LLC, BV Staffing + Consulting
When you are hiring, you naturally gravitate to candidates that share similar interests and values, including in the workplace. These are the people you want around you, so you are quick to move to an offer. Maybe it’s worth a second thought.
Chances are the interview went well. That’s when you get hooked. Something tells you this person would be a good fit, and subjective judgment crowds out objective. In the excitement of sitting across from a potential hire, longer-term considerations get overlooked.
When you prioritize hiring like-minded people, you can end up with a staff of mini-you’s that have the same reasoning process, similar ideas and won’t challenge the norm. You can end up losing the value of differing perspectives and creative problem-solving.
Worse yet, hiring in your own image also means replicating your strengths and compounding your weaknesses. A more diverse team will likely mean more creativity and innovation.
When it comes to hiring, you need to use every tool at your disposal. Just don’t spend much time looking in the mirror.