Article Date: 2/1/2004

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It Starts With the Interview
Move from good to great with these hard-learned lessons about hiring.
By Bob Levoy, O.D.

The Number One characteristic of companies that move from good to great, says consultant Jim Collins in his acclaimed book, Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . and Others Don't, is finding and keeping the right people. But finding the right people for an optometric practice is no easy task. And mistakes are costly.

Keep these in mind

Here are some hard-learned lessons about hiring.


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Watch out for these pitfalls

Even though you may take a structured, methodical approach to interviewing job applicants, the evaluation is still, in the end, a subjective process. You can neutralize some of that subjectivity by avoiding the following:

Start out right

The chief executives at the companies Jim Collins researched for his book all made a point of getting "the right people on the bus, the right people in the right seats, and the wrong people off the bus." The process starts with the initial interview.

DR. LEVOY'S NEWEST BOOK, "201 SECRETS OF A HIGH PERFORMANCE OPTOMETRIC PRACTICE" WAS PUBLISHED BY BUTTERWORTH-HEINEMANN. YOU CAN REACH HIM BY E-MAIL AT B.LEVOY@ATT.NET.

 


Optometric Management, Issue: February 2004