When entrepreneurs first begin their businesses, they often rely on what I call “The Friends & Family Plan”. One client even confessed that he used to get on the phone and call his friends to find out who needs a job and determine how quickly they could start. While he readily admitted that this process was ineffective, he simply did not know how else to hire.
As the business begins to grow, it is critical to evolve out of the thinking that just because you know an individual, does not mean that they will work well with you or your company. While the modicum of trust may ease your mind temporarily, this path often leads to a mis-hire, decreased productivity and a destroyed friendship.
Learning and practicing a well defined interview process in lieu of a friends and family call will contribute to your bottom line and save a few relationships along the way.