31 quotes to inspire while you hire

31 quotes to inspire while you hire

With the financial year coming to an end, many companies are about to enter their busy hiring season. While everyone’s approach to hiring is different based on the needs of their business, we thought it would be helpful to share some of our favourite quotes around hiring and recruitment. We know that it’s not always an easy task, so we hope that they inspire and motivate you as you navigate finding the perfect crew for your company.

“Hire people who are smarter than you – whose talents surpass yours – and give them opportunities for growth. It’s the smart thing to do and it is a sign of high personal humility.” – Bruna Martinuzzi

“A good recruiting process focuses and aligns recruiters to delivery the best to the organisation. Ultimately, recruiting really should be viewed as a business partner, someone who is critical to the success of the business.” – Matthew Caldwell

“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.” – Red Adair

“Time spent hiring is time well spent.” – Robert Half

“Hire character. Train skill.” – Peter Schutz

“We can raise the talent bar, but you have to do something different. You can’t do what you are currently doing today.” – Lou Adler

“If you find someone who’s great, don’t wait until there’s a job opening – send them to me.” Kevin P. Ryan

“Pick up the phone and talk to that candidate. Give them the verbal handshake and build that relationship so they will trust you. That is what it is all about.” – Derek Bambrick

“If you are in a hiring position, hire someone that is nothing like you. We keep looking for commonalities but find someone with commonalities that are nothing like you.” – Bozoma Saint John

“Hiring people is like making friends. Pick good ones, and they’ll enrich your life. Make bad choices and they’ll bring you down.” – Jason Fried

“When I meet successful people, I ask 100 questions as to what they attribute their success to. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work, and hiring good people.” – Kiana Tom

“When you start to prioritize hiring likeable people within your organisation, these likeable people will attract other likeable people.” – Karen Salmansohn

“Don’t hire for the sake of hiring. Hire because there’s no other way to do what you want to do.” – Sam Altman

“I’m into hiring smart guys; I’m into hiring guys who can think at a higher level, that can offer ideas.” – Sean McDermott

“When hiring, trust your feelings.” – Peter Diamandis

“If you’re not hiring from some groups of the population, then you’re obviously missing out.” – Stewart Butterfield

“Our hiring is almost completely built around just going through someone’s life story and we look for moment when they had to make important decisions, and we go deep on those.” – Tobias Lutke

“I value my staff and believe in hiring people who are smarter than myself.” – Masai Ujiri

“True leadership isn’t about having an idea. It’s about having an idea and recruiting other people to execute on this vision.” – Leila Janah

“Hiring is the most important people function you have, and most of us aren’t as good at it as we think. Refocusing your resources on hiring better will have a higher return than almost any training program you can develop.” – Lazlo Block

“Your human talent is your most important talent.” – Carla Harris

“Bet on people, not on strategies.” – Lawrence Bossidy

“I’ve learned over the years that, when you have really good people, you don’t have to baby them. By expecting them to do great things, you can get them to do great things.” – Steve Jobs

“People aren’t your most important asset. The right people are.” – Jim Collins

“If you can hire tough, you can manage easy.” – Sue Tetzlaff

“To hire is to take people higher…” – Haresh Sippy

“We can never fall short when it comes to recruiting, hiring, maintaining, and growing our workforce. It is the employees who make our organization’s success a reality.” – Vern Dosch

“I hire people smarter than me and then I get out of their way.” – Lee Lacocca

“You cannot push anyone up the latter unless he is willing to climb.” – Andrew Carnegie

“If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a barrier behind it, you almost don’t have to manage them.” – Jack Welch

“You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don’t have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none of it comes to life.” – Renee West

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