Hiring People Just Like You?

Some of us want to bring people on board that are, well, just like us. Let’s briefly examine the pros and cons of this.

If you have a high opinion of yourself and ideally you should, then you logically believe having more of ‘your qualities’ in the workplace is a good thing.

You’re hard-working, ethical, caring, determined and communicative. And now that you think about it, you’d love to have an exact clone of yourself in every key position.

Frankly, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Well, having those qualities present, not the cloning.

People work well with others they are “in agreement” with. It breeds harmony and a harmonious work space is often a very productive one.

So how could this approach be a problem for you?

If you are zeroing in on these specific qualities and overlooking other very positive qualities a candidate may bring. There’s also the possibility your applicant may manifest your “great features” in his or her own individual way.

Your applicant may be very different from you and this may initially be off-putting. But these differences may not be critical to job performance. You could have a real diamond sitting in front of you who has a tremendous amount to contribute to your scene.

Focus on the value you believe this person will bring, and you’ll always be moving in the right direction.

 



 

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