The law of hiring states:
“Hiring an individual whose potential to perform is below the current team’s average brings down the team’s average performance”.
Conversely, “Hiring an individual who can perform better than the current team’s average increases the team’s average performance”
Why the law is important? Because the law of hiring determines your team performance. A sample calculation based on this law illustrates this point.
This means that the hiring exercise should focus on assessing a candidates potential to perform. Higher the delta, higher the influence on the team’s average. There will be times when your assessment will go wrong but at least being aware of this law allow you to take corrective measures during your next hiring gig. This awareness also help you to provide any training and mentoring facilities to the new hire.
What constitutes performance and how to assess it is not an easy task. However, it is something that you must prepare yourself, in advance, if you are the hiring manager.
The team’s overall performance depends on you. Are you listening? How have you applied this law?