One bad apple can ruin a good team, which is why Nathan Brown sometimes prioritizes personality over skill set when making a hire. Here are six other rules he follows when filling an open position.
Nathan Brown is one of a growing number of CIOs who are experienced in moving from one sector to another, including from commercial to government and from for-profit to nonprofit. He's currently in an IT leadership position at Care.com after recently leaving the role of senior director of IT for Year Up, an IT workforce development program for young urban adults, and he was previously CIO for Harvard Law School.
Regardless of the sector he's hiring for, Nathan has six rules he follows when building a new team. 1. Don't hire out of desperation. 2. Never ignore a red flag. 3. Personality fit matters. 4. Skill sets are sometimes less important. 5. Involve team leaders in the process. 6. Interview all potential internal hires before an offer is made, even if they won't report directly to you.