The “Real Hire” Shows Up in November

Ben Martinez Candidate Pool, Executive Search, Hiring Managers, Holidays, HR, Influence, Interviewing, Leadership 3 Comments

Welcome to November. New month. Same game. October is gone and Halloween is over – take your mask off, no more trick or treating here.

If you ate all the Halloween candy last night, get back on the path…we have work to do.

When Halloween ends and November begins it reminds me of hiring.

When it comes to hiring, once the candidate gets the job you never know who is going to show up to work on the first day. They take the “I want the job” mask off on their first day of work and you see who you really hired.

During the interview process, the candidate has a mask on to hide all warts and scars they didn’t want to show you. Sure, you can do all the checks – background, credit, references, drug screen, etc. – but you don’t really know who you hired until the first day on the job.

When you work with someone you find out everything.

I have seen the all-star sales executive go down the wrong path with alcohol and zipper problems, the HR pro who becomes a roadblock, and the self-proclaimed sales leader with 100K social media followers but yet can’t lead a team of two or close a $10K deal. They were all wearing good disguises and costumes during the interview process.

Hiring is like Halloween, everyone gets excited by all of the handshakes, candy, and drinks but when the excitement is over, the costumes come off, it’s a cold November and you realize who you actually hired.

We have two months left of the year. Who do you have on your team? Are they still covering things up with costumes and masks?

Hiring is tricky. Especially in November and December. Drink a lot of coffee with someone before you hire them, move beyond the costumes and masks.

Ben Martinez

Ben Martinez – family guy, coffee critic, planker, and HR & Recruiting journeyman. He has successfully worked in HR leadership roles around the US and Mexico for Fortune 500 companies (Pepsi, Honeywell, and Energizer). Most recently he was the VP of People & Culture for HireVue, where he hired 400+ people in almost five years using video, social media, and created the employment brand, VueNation in partnership with HireVue.

Ben now runs his own consulting company, Ramp Talent, where they ramp recruiting and HR for startups. From recruiting ready-to-go talent to implementing ongoing best practices to preventing legal headaches, we build the first HR and recruiting systems for fast-growing startups.

PS – coffee is for closers – Ben founded an e-commerce subscription coffee company focused on re-imagining coffee in the workplace and home – Sumato Coffee Co. They only roast your beans within 48 hours of your order.

Ben lives in the SLC, Utah area.

Comments 3

  1. Ed Baldwin

    Employers too wear disguises and masks. When that new employee shows up for work, they too see their employer for what they really are for the first time. November and an employee’s first day is a discovery process indeed – for both parties.

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