When you are looking to bring a new member into your team there are a lot of important factors. Can they do the job you want them to do? Do they want to do the job you want them to do? These are just a couple of things to think about when bringing someone new to the team.
It’s always a good thing to hire and surround yourself with A Players (like we discussed here). And one of the best ways to make sure that you’re getting the people you need is to make sure you set expectations up front.
One thing you can do to begin with is to have a relatively informal meeting with the person and touch on some of the things you’re expecting (and let them do the same). If things look good, you can take it from there.
You can write letters or emails welcoming them to the team and at the same time you can outline your expectations: I expect this work to be done this amount of time after it’s assigned; I’d like you to keep in touch with me if you have any problems with this particular area of the work. Things like this can help both of you be more comfortable in your professional relationship.
Expectations can hinge on the kind of person you are as well. If you’re the kind of person who has a ‘hands-off’ approach when you’ve assigned a task, you’ll want to make sure that you find someone who doesn’t require a lot of supervision or hand-holding.
It’s also a good idea to find out if the persons you’re hiring can do the job; references and examples are always a good idea. Be up front and ask lots of questions – if the person is worth your time, they’ll also be open and honest with you.
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