Adding quality employees to your company is the first step toward a successful, thriving team. From oilfield heroes to high-level CEOs, everyone offers a different perspective on matching great talent to the right role. Let these 12 quotes about hiring the right person sink in and inspire you before your next candidate search.
QUOTES ABOUT HIRING THE RIGHT PERSON
“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” – Steve Jobs, former Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO of Apple
“If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.” – David Ogilvy, Founder of Ogilvy & Mather
“Once we hire an employee, his education is no longer taken into account when assessing his work.” – Akio Morita, Co-Founder of Sony
“If we weren’t still hiring great people and pushing ahead at full speed, it would be easy to fall behind and become some mediocre company.” – Bill Gates, Co-Founder of Microsoft
“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.” – Simon Sinek, author & speaker
“I can teach anyone anything except one thing. I can’t teach ‘give a s—t.’ If they don’t have that, they won’t fit in at my restaurants. In the restaurant business, it’s all about people.” – Dave Pestrak, Between the Buns
“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies.” – Lawrence Bossidy, former CEO of Honeywell International
“If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don’t particularly like.” – Soichiro Honda, Founder & President of the Honda Motor Company
TALENT IS KEY
“My biggest mistake is probably weighing too much on someone’s talent and not someone’s personality. I think it matters whether someone has a good heart.” – Elon Musk, Founder and CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX
“Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do.” – Malcolm Forbes, former Publisher of Forbes Magazine
“It’s all about finding and hiring people smarter than you. Getting them to join your business. And giving them good work. Then getting out of their way, and trusting them. You have to get out of the way so you can focus on the bigger vision. That’s important. And here’s the main thing: you must make them see their work as a mission.” – Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group
“Hiring people is an art, not a science, and resumes can’t tell you whether someone will fit into a company’s culture.” – Howard Schulz, Chairman & CEO of Starbucks
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