How Due Diligence Can Improve Your Company's Hiring Process

Some prospective employees are a bad fit. Some don’t even exist at all. Make sure your job prospects are worth interviewing using the Internet. 

Stever Robbins
5-minute read
Episode #438

Looks Can Be Deceiving, and Deceivers Can Be Good-looking

Just remember, just because you like the way someone looks as a person doesn’t mean they’ll be able to do the job. And vice versa. Sometimes the best person for the job will be wearing a flower-print mumu. Not that there’s anything wrong with … oh, forget it. Yes, there is. If the best person for the job is wearing a flower-print mumu, hire them, and for their first year’s bonus, send them to a fashion consultant. 

That said, for any fashion offense less than the mumu, they could be a fine hire. Some of the best programmers, web designers and developers are nerds and weirdos. They’re nerds and weirdos who can make you rich, and all you have to do is buy them a new Lego set every month. Why hire for “fit” when you can hire for excellence?

Intern MG came up empty with Dorgus’ social media. When he searched “Dorgus Felicity” on Linkdin and all the other platforms, no one came up. Not a huge surprise with a last name like Felicity. And all it took was a single look at Dorgus’s Facebook profile to realize that Dorgus was a bot. A cast-off AI from Google’s artificial intelligence project, Dorgus’s timeline was full of really bad poetry, all about someday wanting to be a real human. A great hire for Poetry Quarterly, but not quite right as a copywriter for International Ad Giants, Inc.

When it’s time to hire a candidate, be smart. Pre-screen so you don’t waste time. Their cover letter should be professional, with no typos. Work samples should demonstrate the quality of work you want in that position. And if they have a social media presence, it might give you some clues as to cultural fit. And remember, at the end of the day, what’s most important is that they can get the job done.

This is Stever Robbins. Follow GetItDoneGuy on Twitter and Facebook. I run webinars and other programs to help people be Extraordinarily Productive, and build extraordinary careers. If you want to know more, visit SteverRobbins.com/ or text the word “stever” to the number 33444.


About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.