A company I’m doing some work with is looking to hire a couple of employees. Because of the unique nature of the company, they hire people on a freelance basis in certain positions in order to check them out and make sure the fit is right for both parties.
We happened to hire someone on a freelance basis who seems like the perfect fit from an experience, attitude, personality and culture perspective.
The only problem is that I don’t think he’ll be 100% happy with the type of work this company does. While it’s incredibly challenging, exciting and sexy, it’s not the type of work he wants to be doing. It doesn’t matter that his mindset is one in a million and I truly believe he’s destined for greatness – really. If he’s not excited about the work, and would take the job based on what the future holds for the company, then he’s not the right fit for the company’s needs today.
THE REAL WORLD RETAILING TAKEAWAY
Listen to your gut.
Matters of employment are like dating, or finding the right house to buy. You just know it’s right, the minute you meet the person or the minute you walk in the front door. As the conversation progresses or you begin touring the house, you fall more and more in love.
Once that happens, then let your head take over to make sure it is the right decision. Never, ever let your heart get in the way. In talking with the freelancer above, I liked him immediately and thought he was perfect for the job, but my gut that told me he wasn’t the right choice.
And that’s where people get into trouble. Because they let their heart get in the way of what their gut is telling them.
My gut has never steered me wrong. Ever. Every time I haven’t listened to it, the outcome was predictable – the decision wasn’t the right one.
You’ll be right more often if you let your gut steer your decision-making process and get your heart out of the way.