Sunday, July 20, 2008

Finding The Right People

When I'm at work and I'm overwhelmed I often depend on the employee's that we've hired to step it up. So that got me thinking, how do you find the right person for the job? I mean in every instance in life whether it be at work or in life or love, you have to find the right people to succeed. If I was busy at work and the people I've employed are not good, cannot think on their own, or trust them to make the right decisions on certain matters; I would be bogged down by work all the time. Where as if the people I work with, can work independently towards one goal which is the companies goal or success then I'm set with more free time to do my job better.

Recently we've hired a office assistant/operations coordinator for the nightclub I work for. We've gotten really busy and are developing new ways to promote our venue, and needed more staff to accommodate this new endeavor. The person I hired turned out to be someone that worked out great for us. You know honestly when you hire someone you can never tell during the interview process what he/she will be like during a work day. You cannot judge a persons ethics on work or their ability to adapt to things with a 5 minute interview. But in most cases that's what it is a first impression makes a huge difference in the interview process. I look for certain things while I interview someone to judge the quality of work they will do for us. You know you've hired well when you don't understand how you got by the day without them their to help.

1. personality- I usually see if they are upbeat, and if they are they too over the top with it. Because even though they are great for the interview it might get on your nerves after awhile.

2. appearance- even though I hate to admit, looks are very important to me, it they do not fit the mold or the appearance of what your looking for it just won't work. ( mind you I'm not the typical or expectational either. I'm 6ft about 195 pounds I've let myself go but I want to hire people that I feel as though fit the mold of the Hollywood standard) This is what I look at first before I even interview someone, I know it's shallow but I can't help it I think of the venue and the people we want to attract and that's how I hire.

3. work ethic- sometimes a resume can show you if this person has been at a job for a long time, or has worked for a long period of time over all. Places they have worked is important as well. Now if the person just has the appearance and he/she work ethnic is not up to par, they will be out of this establishment quickly that's why the nightclub scene has such a high turnover ratio in staff. Usually you hire people who think it is one way and find out the club scene isn't what they see on TV. They can also be actors, doing a side job and once they get a TV serious or movie they are out of the rotation. If a person works hard takes his/her job seriously doesn't' complain to much and doesn't mind the weird hours that person is a keeper. Note: you have to make sure a persons resume is valid and not something they just punched up to make themselves look good. bottom on this a persons work ethic shows after the first 3 week, and after the first year of work.

4. smarts- when I say this it's very general but what I mean is being smart isn't just doing things by the book, or know what the cubic squared of 1 billion is. It's a combination of street and knowledge and having common sense. You want to hire someone that can go inside and out the box, and but at least know what this box is and can understand the box as well. I hate to say it but from my experience some people have it other just don't. I don't know if it's a learned quality because I feel as though it was innate in me. Sure my experiences in life have change me into the person I am and has molded me in some views that people at a management level think but it hasn't change a lot of my instinct decision making. So that's why some people make it and some people don't.

5. humble- I know people might debate about this because others might say someone who is vain or materialistic understands the Hollywood scene better. I beg to differ on that one, being humble doesn't me you aren't the best, or that you are not as good. It means you know who you are and can appreciate other people as well without seeming to over the top.

6. eager to learn- someone who wants to learn your trade rather then just doing for the money will work harder for you. With money after awhile every job becomes a duty but if your eager to still learn you are benefiting yourself with something other then just money. It's better to be taught how to obtain water then just to get water from others. That's why internships pay nothing but what you can obtain after the knowledge and connections of a internship will benefit you years later. Take learning seriously. I am constantly trying to learn from others, only that way can I better myself on what I do.

If you can't see why these things shouldn't be what you judge a employee by, let me know what you think they should be judged on or better yet it's probably cause you've never owned or managed something. Now was that humble I'm not quite sure.


something to something more said...

thanks for this info. just the right time for me with what's going on at my work. i'll read more into it and give u more feed back. :)

Who is "the Manager"? said...

hmm. interesting. we need to do our thing!!! changes are coming soon... zero to millions right around the corner. also, would you believe that out of all the applications weve gotten for bartenders, only 1 or 2 have attached their picture. we have probably thrown away about 300 apps because of no pic. its the industry. sorry.