How to Hire More Top Performers

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It goes without saying that a company with more top performers has an edge over its rivals. To increase your proportion of top talent:

  • Control your pipeline. Do your own recruiting, and stop relying on headhunters.
  • Have your A players conduct the interviews.  B and C players can’t always identify the highest potential people (and if they do, they can feel threatened). Average performers tend to look for congeniality and the ability of a candidate to fit in; they don’t always look for someone who seems likely to raise the bar.
  • Involve as many line managers in the interviews as possible.  This is especially true when hiring for highly technical jobs:  HR might not be able to judge whether people have the very specific skills required.

Adapted from “How to Hire More Top Performers” by Michael C. Mankins.

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