Interviewing and hiring is a two-way street.  It’s like dating, engagement, and marriage. You need to really get to know each other.

The best hires happen when there’s a great match between who the potential employee is and who the employer is.  Take time before and during the process to learn a lot about each other.  You could be spending 8 or more hours a day together.

In the first few years after he was handed back the CEO role at Apple, Steve Jobs was able to attract and retain top talent even though competitors could pay them two or three times as much.  Why did this occur?  Applicants knew the mission, leadership, and culture before they applied.  Apple knew who they needed and who fit their mission and culture.  Both employer and applicant knew they could bring out the best in each other.

The #1 reason employment relationships don’t work is one or both parties learn that the other is not who they thought they were.

In an on-line world, there’s many ways to research each other.  During the interview process, both of you need to ask the right questions.  Match and fit are everything.

If both of you do this, it can be a long, happy, and successful partnership.