Chances are, if you’re a leader, you’ve already had to make a call related to recruitment in some form. When you’re recruiting the newest member of your team, it’s essential to do a little homework beforehand.
Why is this? Several reasons. First of all, it’s important to find out early on if the position you’re trying to fill is of any interest to those you’re hoping to recruit. For example, I have little (read: no) interest in singing for a praise team or working with children. For these positions, it’s not worth your time trying to recruit me. I respect and admire those who can sing or corral a room full of young ones—but these aren’t my areas of passion.
You’ve got to know who you’re recruiting, and to what you’re recruiting them.
Secondly, you have to be able to know who’s sitting across from you. Recruitment entails communicating your big vision to the other person in a one-on-one setting. Instead of asking someone to do something, you’re communicating a vision for the future, and seeing if they’re interested in coming alongside you in fulfilling it. As soon as you ask somebody to do something, you’ve lowered the level of the conversation. This is why knowing who’s across from you is essential to successfully and effectively communicating that vision.
Are those you’re recruiting truly interested in what your passion? Do they grasp and agree with the vision of your organization? Do your homework beforehand, so that you spend your time chasing those who will truly benefit your team.