A staffing executive, Tom Gimbel, got a WSJ home page link to his article about finding great long-term employees.
This is from the May 5, WSJ:
Tom Gimbel (@TomGimbel) is founder & CEO of LaSalle Network, a national staffing and recruiting firm headquartered in Chicago.
Any hiring manager know the basics: Youre seeking a person with the skills to do the job and can grow the business, as well as having a positive attitude, a good sense of humor and a strong work ethic. Everything else (for the most part) can be taught.
But after 20 years in the hiring game, Ive learned that to find those people who will stay with your company long-term, they have to fit your culture.
How can you know, in the course of a short meeting, if they do? Posing the right questions, observing certain aspects of their demeanor, and shaking things up a bit during the interview will reveal a lot. Heres how I approach it:
Try the airplane test. Can I see myself sitting on an airplane next to this person for four hours, or being stuck with them for a long layover? Would I want to pull my hair out (hard to do because Im bald)? If the answer is no, then theyre not the right person. Youve got to enjoy their company, especially in a startup, because youre going to be spending 50, 60, 70 hours a week with this person.