I am a terrible interviewer when it comes to hiring someone. The main problem: I talk too much. Many times, I find myself “selling” the prospective team member on the company and the position, rather than doing a proper investigation. While the prospect may end up “sold,” I have failed.
After about a week, I wonder, “What have I done?”
After reading many materials on the subject, I have come up with 3 improvements on the process.
I remember when I was the “young guy at the office.” I was too tall, too skinny and too inexperienced to be taken very seriously. It was a frustrating time, because I truly felt I had a lot to offer. As a young person, I made plenty of mistakes, both personally and professionally. For the older leaders, these mistakes only proved what they already thought of me. What they pegged as character flaws were merely the results of inexperience.
Now that I am one of the “older guys,” I have to intentionally fight against making the same mistakes with the generations behind me. I am sure that I am not alone in this. Many of my peers have trouble understanding “Millennials.” However, the task of understanding does not rest solely on the shoulder of the “olders.” Younger folks have a role to play in this as well. Here a few things that young leaders can do to excel. These tips are courtesy of Tim Parsons at Catalyst.
A few weeks ago, my team and I were brainstorming ideas on how to increase sales in our newspaper machines. Several years ago we made the conscious decision to move away from the “it bleeds, it leads,” mentality. While that approach has been the staple of newspapers for years, we felt it didn’t line up with our core values as a company. Taking that option off the table, a discussion ensued about the need for more sales.
The normal players were all in the meeting: circulation leadership, editorial leadership and advertising leadership. One new face was our consultant, Jerry Frentress. His background in sales (mainly radio) and marketing would bring a fresh set of eyes to the subject. And, boy did he.