Searching for a Key Employee - The 7 No No's - by Hildy Gottlieb
The search for a key employee is the single most critical decision your organization can make. And if you are like most nonprofit organizations, your board and/or Executive Director will probably decide to take on this task themselves. Most people figure that because they've been in business (or been an executive in a nonprofit) that they know how to hire. But if you ask, they'll tell you war stories - bad hires, bad interviews, horrible candidates.
With the success of your organization hinging on this decision, there are steps you can take (and, more importantly, steps to avoid) to increase the chances of getting the very best candidate for the job.
1 - Don't start with the job description; start with your organization's long-term goals
2 - Don't look for qualifications; look for qualities
3 - Don't place a boring ad; advertise to sell
4 - Don't rank resumes; sort by Yes or No
5 - Don't go straight from Resume to Interview; get more information
6 - Don't interview if you don't know how; Get outside help and know what you're looking for
7 - Don't settle for references that can't verify facts; get the
information you need