How deep should an organization dig to make sure they find the right employee?
More and more, companies are taking some rather deep steps to determine if their next important hire is someone who is going to fit well in the present and the future.
Personal finance guru Dave Ramsey is one of the experts touting this approach and some of the steps he takes may seem extreme. But if you are looking for a long-term, loyal and high-level restaurant employee, you could consider adding these steps to a more intense screening process:
- Checking their budget: Ramsey finds that since finances cause so much stress for employees in their personal lives, it’s best to check their budget. Ramsey says this way he gets a true sense of not only whether the organization is paying enough (some prospects will accept a job event if doesn’t pay enough to pay their bills). Seeing how the numbers work out for them - and also how they manage their own finances - can give a great sense of whether the employee will have peace of mind while working.
- Interviewing spouses: This again is a case of taking it to the next level. Interviewing spouses can give you a sense of the true character of an employee, and it can also give you a glimpse into how distracting or complicated their personal life may be.
- Reviewing their goals: Getting to the nitty-gritty of a potential employee’s ambition is helpful as well, no matter where they would fit in the restaurant hierarchy. Ramsey recommends finding employees who have clear, defined goals that are laid out in achievable time-sensitive parts. Someone without clearly defined goals may just drift through your staff.
These steps go above and beyond standard hiring exercises to be sure. But if you’re looking to take your restaurant to the next level that only high-achievers or honest and driven workers can take you, then you are going to have to shake up your mindset. Ramsey has laid out a blueprint to do just that.