I was speaking the other day with a hiring manager about a very talented candidate he was considering for his team. I asked the manager how soon he could get this person on board. He said he wasn’t going to offer this person a job, and that he was going to keep looking.
I asked him why. Here’s what he said.
“This person could easily be my replacement.”
To which I responded, “That’s exactly why you should hire him!”
I get that hiring someone who could easily replace you can be a bit unnerving. I mean, what if your boss likes this person more than he loves you? Or what if you hire this person and he tries to con his way into your job?
It’s uncomfortable to swim against the tide. Like when’s the last time you heard of someone hiring a candidate who might be able to outperform the hiring manager? If you’re like most people, the answer is probably never.
Relax! The secret to your next promotion and career success may be right in front of you.
The people who get promoted are those who demonstrate they can put together solid teams. Don’t you want to be part of this club? If so, hire people who are as good as you, if not better.
Did you know that one of the most common reasons people are passed over for a promotion is because their boss believes no one can do this person’s job as good as them? This scenario happens often.
Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
Look at your current team. Who can replace you? No one? Then it’s time to up your hiring game.
Aim for the best and don’t settle for the rest.
It takes a lot of courage to hire someone as good as you are or even better. Give it a try. I’m betting you’ll like the results and will make this your new requirement when hiring.
© Matuson Consulting, 2019.
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