If You Have a Good Hiring Process, You Don't Need Interviews

If You Have a Good Hiring Process, You Don't Need Interviews
From Recruiter - March 6, 2017

Last week, we published an interview with author, speaker, and entrepreneur Evan Carmichael. That interview focused on his book, Your One Word,but toward the end, Carmichael and I got into a discussion about his approach to hiring. We didnt think it fit with the overall theme of the interview, but we also felt his insights were highly valuable. Today, were presenting those insights.

Evan Carmichael thinks the hiringprocess is brokenand he thinks entrepreneurs have it especially bad. Most of them cant afford to hire in-house recruiters or outsource hiring to a third-party, so they handle the brunt of the work themselves. And theyre passionate about their companies, so they spend a lot of time crafting their job posts to make sure theyre perfect.

Then they receive an influx of resumes from candidate who didnt even take the time to read those job posts. They just saw an opening and applied. These arent people who share the entrepreneurs mission and values; theyre people who just want a paycheck.

Say you have aPHP programmer, and theyre auto-responding to every PHP job ad out there, Carmichael says. You put all this work into your job post, and it took them five seconds to apply. And now you have to read through their cover letters and applications.

Thats why Carmichael takes a highly unorthodox approach to hiring but its one that works for him. Out ofall the people he has hired this way, only one left the company, but only because he was looking for a more senior position and Carmichaels organization couldnt support that career move just yet. He still checks in often and offers to lend a hand with any work that might be piling up.

The Benefits of a Long, Huge, Ugly Job Post

Too often, people hire for skills, Carmichael says. They dont hire for values and culture fit enough. Theyre like, Im struggling. I need a programmer ASAP. Just give me someone who knows the skills. Then theybring the person in, and it doesnt work.

To avoid making this mistake, Carmichael includes the theme of his company in the title of every job posting. (This goes back to the idea, explored in our previous interview, of the One Word: A single, defining value around which awhole company is built.)

Carmichaels One Word is Believe.

So, if Im hiring a programer, itll be Im looking for a programmer who #Believes in entrepreneurs, he explains. Some people will look at that job description and title and say, That is the stupidest thing Ive ever seen. A programmer who believes in entrepreneurs?

Carmichael sees this as a good thing.

For me, its fantastic. If you look at that and think its the stupidest job description ever, you will self-eliminate, he says. If you dont believe in entrepreneurs, youre going to have a terrible time working at my company. You can do something way more fulfilling somewhere else. Go find that.

Other people, though, will respond positively.


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