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Day 101 How to Lead by THE BOOK: An Interview Mistake You Must Avoid!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

In How to Lead by THE BOOK, I will have three chapters on the various aspects of hiring:

1. Recruiting.

2. Interview strategy.

3. The best interview questions to determine strength of character.

I will also have a variety of other hiring tips to improve your chances of hiring a great employee. In addition, I’ve decided to remind readers of two key hiring tips I presented in How to Run Your Business by THE BOOK, since they are easily forgotten. Here’s one of them. It’s one of the most common mistakes made when hiring:

  1. Don’t get blown away by personal appearance! Making emotional decisions during interviews based on your own prejudices, stereotypes, and personal appearance is one of the most common hiring errors. Remember the words of God to Samuel as he was evaluating Jesse’s eight sons in his quest to discover who to anoint as king. Samuel was blown away by the “king-like” appearance of Eliab:

So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees: for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:6-7.

History goes on to show that Eliab was far too petty and selfish to have been a great king.

It also helps to remember that one chapter before Samuel’s encounter with Eliab, he anointed Saul as Israel’s first king. Saul was an abject failure as king. But take a look at how his physical appearance is described: And he had a choice and handsome son whose name was Saul. There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of Israel. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people. 1 Samuel 9:2.

How many “Saul’s” have you seen during your career—or perhaps even hired—only to discover later that their style disguised the sad fact that they lacked substance?  Endeavor to see job candidates during an interview as God sees them: from the inside out. Look at their heart and hire with your head!