Little is more important for a church when it comes to leadership than having the right people on the team.
When interviewing potential candidates for an open position, it can be tempting to hire a person quickly to get the role filled. Perhaps you have interviewed several people and have come down to a couple of candidates you really like. Now is not the time to get sloppy, but to make sure that you are making the right hire. There are three times not to hire. Today, we will discuss the first reason to slow down the hiring process. We will move to the following two reasons not to hire in our next two posts. The First time not to Hire is:
Don't Hire When You Are Unsure
When in doubt, don't hire. Say it out loud: When in doubt, don't hire. All together now: When in doubt, don't hire. If you are unsure about hiring someone, don't do so until you are no longer uncertain. I am not saying that you should shut the whole thing down if you have a twinge of hesitancy. But if you have any more than a twinge, step back and evaluate your doubt. Get feedback from others around you who have been involved in the process. If you, or the others around you, are unsure, don't hire. The stakes are too high for you to gamble with this decision. Don't hire until you are sure.
Here is one crucial caveat to this principle: Some of us can't ever seem to hire anyone because no one will ever measure up to our standards. The key here is to know yourself. If you have been looking for a person for three years and no one ever measures up, perhaps even the Apostle Paul would not be gifted enough for your team.
However, I encourage those who are generally not afraid to hire not to push forward a decision when they feel unsure. You will likely never be 100% sure, but you want to achieve confidence in your decision that allows you to move forward. When you are unsure, you may not need to stop the process altogether, but slow down and do what you need to do to be as sure as possible.
We started Context Staffing to help you find the right leader, and we can help you be sure with your next team hire. We specialize in finding leaders for churches. Our team spends hundreds of hours searching, recruiting, and vetting potential leaders for your church so that you can confidently build your dream team.
And remember, we started Context Staffing to help you find the right leader. We specialize in finding leaders for churches. Our team spends hundreds of hours searching, recruiting, and vetting potential leaders for your church so that you can confidently build your dream team.