What If He Is the Owner?

If you are the owner of your company, this tip will have special meaning for you.

We owners understand that the work day doesn’t end at 5 or 6 o’clock. If several key things still need to get done, it is often the business owner who gets them done. If a customer calls after hours, the impulse is strongest with us to get back to him and not let it wait until the next day.

The expression “burning the midnight oil” may have been first coined with the entrepreneur in mind.

So what does this all mean from a hiring perspective?

Let’s say you’re interviewing Greg, and you’ve told Greg what your company does, what it produces and what it’s longer term goals are.

Make sure Greg understands all of this and then:

“Greg, if this were your company, how would you go about getting things accomplished here? In your answer on this, could you also talk about the level of care and responsibility that would be necessary?”

Nudge Greg for as many details as possible and take good notes on what he tells you.

Then hit him with the $64,000 question:

“That’s sounds really good, Greg. So, if I hired you, would you be willing to take that kind of responsibility and provide that level of care to your position?”

If Greg flinches and stumbles with his answer, that tells you one thing. If his answer is swift, genuine and to your liking, that tells you something entirely different.



 

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