Slept With One Eye Open

I made the mistake of watching the Halloween Horror marathon on HBO before bed.

Bad call.

I like blood-sucking, head-chopping zombies as much as the next guy. But these swamp-creatures kept me up all night.

And they always follow the same pattern… As soon as the “actor” (I use that term loosely) thinks that everything’s cool, the monster shows up at their door.


Reminds me of hiring.

Because you never quite know who is really gonna show up at your door for their first day of work.

The candidate seemed great. The interview went well. The references checked out. And they passed the background check. No psychos here, right?

Not so fast.

Somehow…between signing the offer letter and showing up for the first day of work… they turned into something else?!!? (insert dramatic music here)

How’d that happen?
Were they possessed?
Did they drink the blood of a dead owl?


Far more likely explanation: you missed something. They were a zombie all along. Dressed in a sharp Director of Sales suit. Hiding. Waiting. For you to slip up.

And you did. You hired them.

Now, that zombie is in your house. Poised to terrorize you and all your other employees. The question becomes… what do you intend to do about it?

Will you let the zombie ruin everything you’ve worked so hard to build? And destroy all the great people you’ve hired (likely by sucking their blood?) And hope they just disappear into the night?

Or will you acknowledge that somehow the zombie tricked you? And treat the rest of your team by doing something about it?

Hiring is trick or treat, see?

Fortunately, my eBook “To Fire or Not to Fire?” will help you decide if the zombie can be tamed. Or needs to be shown the door – so it can go terrorize some other company.

Here’s the free eBook.

(Don’t be scared – it only takes an hour to read.)

Never settle,

Jeff Hyman

Jeff Hyman

Jeff Hyman launched his recruiting career at Heidrick & Struggles and Spencer Stuart, the preeminent global executive search firms. Today, he’s Chief Talent Officer at Chicago-based Strong Suit Executive Search. Along the way, Jeff created four companies, backed by $50 million in venture capital. He currently teaches the MBA course about recruiting at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and hosts the five-star Strong Suit Podcast. Jeff has been featured by Inc., Fortune, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, and other media outlets. He holds a master’s degree from Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from The Wharton School.

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