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Needed a Rockstar, hired a diva!

When working with SMEs run by a passionate entrepreneur, I often hear the business owner refer to the A Players they want on their team to needing to be Rock Stars! They want, and quite rightly so, A Players that are the best around, superstars of the future that will work hard to help grow the business. The Rock Stars need to be able to turn their hands to many things, be flexible to work across roles and give their all in to help the Company “break the industry!”.

Wow, inspirational stuff! And they are right, in order to grow quickly, the team you hire need to be a passionate bunch of people, driven the same way the entrepreneurial owner is, willing to go the extra mile …. I think you get the message.

However, the adage “act in haste, repent at leisure” is never more true when it comes to recruitment. How do you find the Rock Star employee that isn’t a Diva??? Humility is a trait hard to find, but is extremely necessary when recruiting for a small team. No matter how great an employee is, you don’t need an attention grabbing diva on your team. Here are 3 ideas on how to wheedle them out:

1. Take the time to psychometrically assess candidates for the role. There are some psychometrics that are competency based and actually look for humility as a trait.

We would recommend Innermetrix, its an online diagnostic that can quickly review the competency talents of the candidate and compare how they would fit in with the current team. Its s small step to add into your recruitment process, but an assessment you will be thankful you added in.

2. Include other team members into the recruitment process informally. Ask key team members to have a coffee or lunch with them.

See how they interact with people of all levels, see how they interact with the baristas in the coffee house, do they treat everyone the same? Are their values the same as yours and the Company? To be an A Player, the first measure is against their demonstrating and living the core Company values, checking these out extensively at interview stage is essential.

3. Ask if they would like to spend a day in the office with the team and see how they behave. Depending on the role, ask them to attend a meeting with you and watch for their body language during the meeting.

How do they fit in and act with the team members, do they get involved, do they help out, do they roll their sleeves up and dive straight in? What is it the you are looking for in new team members and check these out during the day.

When hiring an A Player Rock Star employee, you need the “singer songwriter” type of person, someone capable and talented in everything, who can play many instruments whilst still being able to write songs and has a passable voice. You need to make sure you don’t hire someone that relies on others to make them look good, someone who has others to write their songs, a backing band / singers and still turns up late for their own concert due to the lack of the right number of fluffy white kittens being in their changing rooms!

Companies, regardless of size, really don’t have the time or resources for a diva in their team. They are exhausting and can easily drag a team down. Make sure you check diva qualities during the interview process and find those true gems to rock your team.

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Claire Donnelly

Written by Claire Donnelly

A Business Growth and HR Strategist helping medium size companies to Scale Up using proven systems. Claire is an MCIPD qualified Human Resource professional, with 25+ years’ experience working within various industries and 10 + years’ experience of HR practices throughout the Middle East. As a HR Generalist she has held a number of senior and Board level HR positions. She is experienced in working at both strategic and tactical levels.

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