“A good rule of thumb is to only hire people better than you no matter how long it takes to find them” Lazlow Bock, SVP of People Operations at Google.
“You can’t get better if you don’t hire better. Hiring under the level of talent you have now is a slow slide to becoming an organization no one wants to work for.” Tim Sackett, MS, SPHR and EVP of HRU Technical Resources.
The message above is clear. To have a first class organization you must hire first class people but why hire someone smarter or more skilled than you? Often managers will not employ someone who will upstage them or one day take their job. As a result the hiring manager may hire an individual slightly less talented/skilled than they. This person in turn may hire an individual slightly less talented and that person hires an individual less talented and so on. Your hiring process becomes a descending slope into mediocrity and you wake up to discover you are employing an army of D-listers and your company is falling behind its competitors. Read more