“Speak over the phone before hiring anyone.”
A few months ago, I started building my team.
How did I hire?
I came across LinkedIn posts by content creators “Looking for projects”
I asked them for work samples,
Checked their work samples,
And if I liked the samples, I hired them.
And soon, slippages in work started.
A few weeks in, I spoke to my dad about my team not working out long-term.
I shared my selection process.
He asked, “Did you speak to them? Over the phone?”
“Always speak over the phone before hiring anyone,” he said.
From that instant I overhauled my recruitment process.
Speaking over the phone (even if for just 10 minutes,)
Gave me a new insight into the writer & their work ethics.
And the writers too got to know my expectations on the deliverables.
Now, I’ve stuck with my new team for months together.
Indeed, a phone call works wonders.
How do you hire/join a team?
P.S. Pick up the phone and talk to the candidate. Give them the verbal handshake and build that relationship so they will trust you.
~ Derek Bambrick