“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz
If you are a Brand Manager, building talent is much like casting and directing a movie.
You MUST have the vision in your head to complete the picture!
It is documented that up to the cost of replacing an employee is 2 ½ times the person’s salary.
Stop right now and do a web search on job interviewing.
You will discover thousands of websites on how to ‘rock’ the interview.
Quality interviewing is an art – but can be learned.
But before you get there, do your homework.
For the position, insure the candidate is qualified for the opening – many make the mistake of ‘they can nearly do the job – we’ll train them to do the rest’
Media is like White Castle – we never turn off our grills. Your candidate must understand that uneven and a high hour count is part of what we do.
Hire attitude over talent with like experience. An ambitious attitude can make up for talent shortcomings – the reverse can be cancerous.
Identify those individuals who have a strong moral compass and can compliment your mission – not disrupt it.
The Law of Three
- After weeding the piles of resumes, identify at least three qualified target candidates
- Before the candidate visits, conduct three thorough phone interviews
- Enlist at least TWO other leaders to interview the candidate – everyone has different styles – these styles will bring out different qualities in the candidate
In our world of the impersonal job solicitation, intimate and personal contact will build your team’s most important, non-duplicatable asset.
Next Week: Always – Right
Kevin Robinson is a record-setting and award-winning programmer. His brands consistently perform in the Top 3 of the target – often times as the list leader. In his 35 years of radio, he’s successfully programmed or consulted nearly every English language radio brand. Known largely as a trusted talent coach, he’s the only personality mentor who’s coached three different morning shows on three different stations in the same major market to the #1 position. His efforts have been recognized by The World Wide Radio Summit, Radio & Records, NAB’s Marconi, Radio Ink and has coached CMA, ACM and Marconi winning talent. Kevin lives in St. Louis with his wife of 30 years, Monica. Reach Kevin at (314) 882-2148 or robinsonmedia.fm.