Why Smart Hires Are Approved From The Bottom Up


November 6th, 2012 | Posted in by

In my last post I mentioned that the best leaders I know leave the better part of their hiring decisions to their teams; only stepping in to make the final call. They practice collaborative, bottom-up hiring.

Here are a few reasons why:

People buy into their decisions and make them work

When your team members decide whom they’re going to work with, they take ownership of the decision. When they take ownership of a new teammate, they’re much more likely to ensure his/her success. Training becomes easier and more natural. Nobody wants to see the recruit they brought on fail.

Frontliners know what it takes to survive in the trenches

As a manager, you’re at least somewhat removed from the day-to-day tasks of a job – more so if your business is constantly changing. The players who experience a job daily, and are constantly adapting, have the clearest insight into what it takes to achieve success. They also know what kind of people they can work with and are often afraid of bringing on dead weight. They won’t want someone ‘riding the bus.’ Your team members, assuming they’re good, have a better understanding of what it’s going to take for someone to help them get the job done.

Candidates trust their peers more than you

Potential peers seem a lot less biased and intimidating to candidates than a potential boss. They are easier to relate to and provide direct, clear insight into the team culture and the day-to-day of the job. When they are happy and excited, candidates are likely to feel they will be too.

Collaborative hiring leads to a more engaged team, better talent selection and more effective recruiting. In my next post, I’ll go over some of the best practices you can use to implement the process for your team.