September 15, 2010 / 9:36 AM / in 10 years

Management Tip of the Day: Making the right hiring decision

A sign in the window of a restaurant that is hiring is seen in San Francisco, California June 3, 2010. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and ( Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“Deciding who joins your organization can be a complex process. A bad decision has consequences not only for you as the hiring manager, but for the new hire as well. Here are three ways to prevent a hiring disaster:

* Identify what the ideal candidate needs. Too often managers set about hiring someone without outlining the competencies required for the job. Have a clear understanding of the skills that your hire needs to succeed.

* Understand motivation, not just experience. Your candidate needs to have the right background and experience, but he also needs to have the right attitude. Ask interview questions that uncover the motivations behind his past and future behavior.

* Help the new candidate on board. A “sink or swim” approach often results in drowning. Provide your new hire with support and a view into how things really work at your company. Give him early feedback about his performance.”

- Today’s Management Tip was adapted from “How to Prevent Hiring Disasters” by Amy Gallo.

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