I have been part of an extraordinary journey during the last 6 years at WAX Interactive Switzerland. Our team has grown from 3 to 35 talented people and I had the chance to meet and interview almost every new hire.
Today, hiring new team members is part of my job. I am delighted to meet new people, discover their stories, understand where they come from. It is a great source of learning.
Over the years, our team expanded and I understood that I needed a radical change in my recruitment approach. The transition from a small team of 10 to a group of 35 is a big deal. Interpersonal relationships evolve along with ways of working. I radically switched from a deep skillset analysis of each candidate to values and mindset.
You have a fast expanding team? Congratulations!
If you’re having doubts about your hiring strategy, perhaps using these three traits will be helpful:
- Collaboration: How does the candidate work with others, what tools and rituals do they use.
- Shared goals: Check that they are in line with the team’s common values and beliefs.
Try to avoid: Lone wolves, candidates that are not team — and client — oriented.
- Empathy: Do they have the ability to listen? Do they already show interest and curiosity about their coworkers’ jobs?
- Transparency: What does transparency mean to them? Challenge their ability to receive feedback.
Try to avoid: Candidates that are not human-centered, or who lack optimism.