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Over the years I’ve been involved in hiring 100’s of people for my companies.

In the early days when I started a new project I would just grab whoever was nearby and free.

There was ZERO process.

That’s why I struggled to succeed.

I’d say between the ages of 18 – 24 I worked with dozens of different people and most fell extremely short of my expectations.

I hired a bunch of duds.


I didn’t have a filter.

I didn’t know what to look for.

I had no clue what a high performer looked like.

(but apparently, “Cheap” and “Closeby” wasn’t a good way to find’em.)

That’s what this video is all about… the 6 characteristics I use today to hire incredible people.

… Driven people that buy in to your mission, and care about it as much as you do.

… Self-starters who create to-do lists, not just blindly follow them.

… Passionate problem solvers who come to me with solutions.

I stay away from the “problem” oriented people.

Be sure to watch this week’s video to understand the complete list and use it to quickly vet your next top hire

When I’m interviewing and testing a new hire I’m always looking for the following characteristics:

– They take initiative
– Desire for excellence
– Bias for solution
– Are transparent
– Sense of urgency
– Customer empathy

If you find someone who’s talented and have these traits, then you’ve got a super-star.

Originally published on the blog of Dan Martell

Contributing Author

Dan Martell, Contributor
Dan Martell is an award-winning Canadian entrepreneur and founder of Clarity, a venture backed startup that makes it easy to connect with top business minds over the phone. He previously co-founded Flowtown, a San Francisco based social marketing product which raised funding, grew to over 50,000 small business customers and was eventually acquired by Demandforce in 2011. In 2012 he was named Canada's top angel investor having completed over 33 investments with companies like Udemy, Intercom and Unbounce. He believes "you can only keep what you give away" and is heavily involved in many charitable organizations & community events Specialties:Metrics based marketing and product development, user experience design, team collaboration, social media, web 2.0, and startups, and everything online.

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