Making a List

Looking to hire a new team member? If you read our recent article,  Who’s On Your Bus?, you probably have a good idea of the importance of getting the right people on the bus and the wrong people off it.  Now it’s time to get specific.

Before sitting down with a potential candidate, we recommend making a list of the characteristics of your dream candidate. These characteristics can include:

  • Relevant experience
  • Specific skills or aptitude needed for the job
  • Attitude (Hungry, Humble, and Smart)
  • Similar values and vision for the future
  • Long-term potential
  • Compatible compensation expectations

Write down as many characteristics as you can without stopping to evaluate them. Remember you’re drafting a picture of your perfect future, so dream big.

After you’ve created your list, go through each item, and categorize as one of the following:

  • Must have
  • Nice to have
  • Deal breaker

Categorizing a characteristic as “must have” means you will limit your hiring to someone who has this attribute. For example, a candidate must have passed the CFP®️ exam in order to qualify for the position.

Conversely, a “deal breaker” is when you will not hire someone with a specific characteristic (e.g., rude or disrespectful to others).

It’s ok to change your mind later about what is really a must have or deal breaker. But starting with those categories helps determine what’s most important.

Everything else becomes “nice to have.” There are pros and cons to every opportunity; so, trade-offs are to be expected.

Additionally, you may see a few items that really don’t matter and can be removed from the list.

By making your list (and checking it twice), you have established what you want. And once you know what you want, you can start looking for it.

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