Hiring people isn't fun. It seems like it ought to be -- you meet lots of new people, you get a chance to give someone a new job, there's something empowering about choosing among applicants. . .but it's not that. What it is -- tiring, stressful, disappointing, confusing, nerve-wracking -- and that's if you're doing it right. Finding a great job candidate is a mix of investigation, instinct, inquiry and experience. Someone seems great, but everyone is putting their best face forward. You know the talent mix that you want, but can you afford it? If not, what do you sacrifice? See -- hiring people is not fun.
If you're looking for a great job candidate, here are some clues.