The “Big 4” in Hiring Staff


When there is character, competence, chemistry and calling, you have the potential to make a great hire!

Who will you hire next on your team? Will this person be a dream come true or your worst nightmare? You pray, interview, call references and so much more, but the foundation for good choices is based on four essentials.

1) Character – Is her integrity solid?

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.

Proverbs 10:9

How true that is! Character is worth its weight in gold. You can’t train character into a new staff member, they either have it or they don’t. If they do, you can deepen it, but you can’t replace a void when it comes to character.

2) Competence – What is he good at?

Is the potential staff person really good at what they do? How do you know? Competence isn’t based on skills alone, it’s also about drive and initiative. Competence includes resourcefulness and innovation as well. Capacity refers to competence at the next level. Never hire someone who can do the job as it is, hire the person who can handle the responsibility at the next level.

3) Chemistry – Will she fit in on your team?

You can select a godly person who is well qualified to do the job, but if the chemistry is off it’s a bad hire. It’s important that you enjoy working together! If you don’t genuinely connect, sooner or later tension and conflict will become a reality. Culture and chemistry are close sisters when it comes to making the right decision on your next team member. Cultivating good chemistry is not about building an exclusive club. You need diversity on the team. But as your culture shapes who you are, chemistry shapes both enjoyment (morale) and productivity (results).

4) Calling – Does he sense a call from God, or is it just a job?

When someone experiences a divine calling to a specific church and or position on the team, and you confirm it, there is a certain abandon in that person’s disposition. I don’t mean carefree or careless, compensation and details of the job description matter. But there is something bigger than that. Mission trumps money. A calling brings clarity, certainty, confidence and peace. Calling removes the need for negotiation by replacing it with confirmation.

When there is character, competence, chemistry and calling, you have the potential to make a great hire!


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