by Rich Kidd
When evaluating candidates, whether for a business, church, or faith-based nonprofit, we have four non-negotiables that we look for:
Character is of utmost importance. Oftentimes, one’s character is revealed through challenging circumstances. So, we always ask candidates, "Describe a situation in which you had to overcome significant difficulties or failure. What did you learn from the experience?
Competence is crucial for the success of the organization. As Christians, we work with an eternal mindset, working excellently because we work unto the Lord (Colossians 3:23-24.) We look for candidates who possess specific skills and experiences that equip them to be successful in their new setting.
Chemistry with the organizational culture. We do extensive work with references, listening for what is said and most importantly, what is not said. Putting these puzzle pieces together will determine if a candidate will fit well within the organization.
Calling. We ask, "Out of all the things you could do at this time, what attracts you specifically to this opportunity?" We pray with our candidates, seeking to discern together whether the Lord may be calling them to a particular position at this time.
For further insights on our approach, listen to my recent feature on the Ministry Watch podcast with Warren Cole Smith. Listen HERE.