Welcome back to another episode of our mini-series on the hiring process! Again, a lot of this information comes from the book Topgrading by Bradford D. Smart. It’s so critical that you hire the right person so that you avoid the cost of hiring the wrong one.
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We are continuing on from the previous episode, going through the different episode questions. We left off last week at risk-taking; what the biggest risks were that they’ve taken in recent years. So stay tuned for the next section of questions as Whitney goes through the hiring interview process they recently implemented with success.
Key Points From This Episode:
- Whitney gives us a recap of the previous episode; questions from the interview process.
- We continue on with the questions, going on from where we left off: risk-taking.
- Ask the candidates about best practices: how they do anything they do.
- How their best practices have impacted or addressed client needs: tailor it to your position.
- How computer literate are they?
- What seminars or formal education have you participated in and when?
- Are they knowledgeable about things: how is their reading? Are they keeping on top of things?
- Ask them about the most important lessons they have learned throughout their career: be specific.
- Ask them open-ended questions about their most and least successful jobs.
- Describe a situation or two in which, the pressures to compromise [their] integrity were the strongest [they] have ever felt.
- Ethics: what are a couple of most courageous actions or unpopular stands you have ever taken/ have you ever confronted unethical behavior or chosen not to rock the boat?
- Resourcefulness questions: ask about specific questions and actions they implemented.
- How they went beyond the call of duty: are the batteries included?
- Whitney talks about the book Who Moved My Cheese: what are they afraid of?
- Ask about major career influences and why.
- Ask them about their organizations, their preferred initiation tactics, hammering out results.
- You want to get to know how they think, how they work, and their work habits.
- How they work with others; are they a team player?
- How they handle the fear of failure: do they ask permission first or forgiveness later.
- You want to perhaps ask them about their emotional reactions or responses: frustration, humor, how do they handle themselves.
- How they handle a difference of opinion; ask them about examples of these situations.
- You want to ask about communication and how are their virtual skills.
- How they structure their personal and professional goals: how they drive their performance.
- Ask for examples of when their leadership or opinion was challenged.
- Ask about what motivates them and leave it opened ended.
- Why it is important to take notes throughout the interview and how they help the interview process.
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About Whitney Sewell
Whitney Sewell is a country boy from rural Kentucky. He grew up riding horses and has always driven a Chevy truck. He is a veteran of the Army National Guard and spent all of 2005 deployed in Iraq, awarded the Soldier of the year that year. When he arrived home, he began working for the Kentucky State Police and courting his lovely wife, to whom he’s been married for 10 years. Whitney and his wife, Chelsea, have three children who came to their family by adoption.
They began investing in real estate in 2009 when it became clear that a career in law enforcement was not going to afford them the ability to live off one income as they desired. In 2017, they started Life Bridge Capital LLC, working with accredited investors and helping them improve their investment returns via the exceptional opportunities that multifamily syndication offers. Whitney has always had a passion for both real estate and helping others, and Life Bridge Capital LLC affords him the opportunity to do both, while also funding a very important cause that has become deeply personal. Through working with Whitney, investors not only receive exceptional returns financially but also change both the lives of orphans around the world and the lives of the families who adopt them.
Whitney is quick to point out that while this is his own passion, he doesn’t make this the main focus to investors, but does hope a certain percentage feel good about what Life Bridge Capital does. “We provide a fantastic return for our investors, and that’s why someone should invest with us first and foremost. However, it is my hope that this component of our business – us giving 50% of our own profit to adoption – perhaps helps sway someone to work with us, assuming all else is equal, of course. This is our calling, but our investors can smile knowing that just by working with us, they helped a little bit too.” They have now invested in over 900 doors valued at over $120 million.
Whitney is the host of The Real Estate Syndication Show, a daily podcast where he interviews experts in the real estate syndication business and provides essential content for his listeners. Life Bridge Capital’s motto is: making a difference, one investor, one child, at a time.
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