2 simple tips for hiring your next employee

Recently one of our associates asked a question: 

“I need to hire a new assistant. How do I know who I should hire?”

You’ve probably dealt with this same question at some point. Either you were an employer looking for your next hire (or maybe you were struggling to figure out why your last hire didn’t work out).

Our friend was a Maestro (Power + Prestige) 

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After talking with our Maestro, we discovered that he already had an idea of what he was looking for. He needed: 

  • Someone who would be dedicated in filling the “gaps” that his personality wasn’t built to deal with
  • Someone who wouldn’t require a lot of emotional handholding but who would be able to build relationships with customers and clients
  • Someone who didn’t need to be micromanaged and would allow him to do what he does best (which is earning revenue and leading others)

After one conversation with our Maestro, we were able to guide him to what personality would be the best fit for his business and personal needs.

Interested in how we did it?

Here are 2 simple tips for hiring your next employee (based on their Fascination Advantage):

1. Include the adjectives you need most in your job listing

Do you have a general idea of what you need but don’t know how to tailor your job listing message? Take a look at the Archetype Matrix to get some ideas.

Do you need someone who is going to be a good relationship builder? Look at the Passion personalities and pick adjectives from there.

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Do you need someone who will be a good negotiator (always keeping their cards close to the chest and emotions in check)? Check out the Mystique row.

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What about someone who is detail-oriented and has excellent follow-through (like our Maestro needed)? Read through the Alert Archetypes and choose adjectives from there.

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Once you know what words sound like a good fit for your needs, include them in your job listing.

2. Give your applicant the Fascination Advantage Assessment

So now you have your job listing fine-tuned and perfectly crafted. The applicants are pouring in. How do you know how these applicants will provide their highest and best value? Send them the Fascination Advantage Assessment and you’ll receive an in-depth report on how their personality is custom-built to add value (and if they are a good fit for what you needed).

Sally Hogshead, world class branding expert and creator of the Fascination Advantage, uses this system herself when hiring.  Her bottom three Advantages are Alert, Trust and Mystique.  She looks for employees that will compliment her Advantages (Passion and Innovation) instead of replicating them. This allows her to narrow her search to potential hires that are already equipped to handle the needs of her company that she is less suited to fill herself.

So back to our friend the Maestro.

Who did he need? Based on what he told us were his biggest pain points, he needed someone who would combine the language of details with the language of relationship. Someone who would be an independent and meticulous worker, but who could also connect with clients on a personal level.

He needed a Coordinator (Alert + Passion).

There’s no perfect Advantage that is better than the others. But there is one that’s perfect for you. Discover what it is you really need and tailor your message to fit. The perfect candidate is out there. We’re just helping you find them a little quicker.

To your fascinating success,

Team Fascinate

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Sally Hogshead

Sally skyrocketed to the top of the advertising world in her early 20s, fascinating millions of consumers for clients such as MINI Cooper and Coca-Cola. Since then, she’s published two New York Times bestsellers on the science of fascination, and is one of only 172 living members in the Speaker Hall of Fame. Over a million professionals have taken the Fascination Advantage® personality test to discover how others perceive their communication.

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