"You need to hire an editor," a very successful entrepreneur friend urged me one Sunday afternoon while we were discussing my new YouTube journey.
So, the next day I went to Upwork and posted a job for a video editor.
I instantly discovered that I didn’t actually know how to hire a video editor. I didn’t have the language to explain what I was looking for. I felt out of my league.
Part of me wanted to give up and go back to clunkily editing my videos with iMovie. But I also realized that there wasn’t anything to lose by doing a test or two.
I settled on two editors to trial:
- Editor One made a great bundle offer, and was incredibly easy to communicate with. I enjoyed engaging with him, and he was my front runner by a long shot.
- Editor Two skimped on rapport-building, but I decided to give him a chance just so I could have a point of reference. My expectations were low.
And then, as soon as we started working, the roles reversed.
Editor One was slow to respond and relied on me to provide full direction.
Editor Two was speedy quick. He brought his expertise to the table and took the lead.
After a month of silent gaps and pulling teeth, I got a passable video from Editor One.
In that same span of time I completed four videos with Editor Two.
Ultimately, I don’t need to be buddy buddy with my video editor. I need someone experienced who will elevate my content.
Too often we choose the likeable option. In fact, that’s one of the main variables most people consider when making a hiring decision, whether they realize it or not.
Every role we hire requires a different set of variables. Sometimes you need charm and charisma. Other times it’s worth hiring the coachable, passionate player. And others still require a well-honed skill set that you can plug into to get the job done.
The clearer we can be about what we need, the better we'll be able to select the star player that’ll help us get to where we want to go.
Question: What’s the biggest hiring lesson you’ve learned?
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