Hiring Wisdom: How to Hire a Real Turkey (aka, a Recipe for Disaster)

(Serves as many as are willing to risk it.)


  1. Put a “Now Hiring” sign out front and conduct gut-instinct interviews with everyone who walks in.
  2. Don’t test for the required mental and physical capacities, attitudes, personality traits, or required skills.
  3. Interview from the person’s completed employment application or resume.
  4. Hire the person you like best (instead of the person who is best for the job).
  5. Don’t check references.


Whisk all these ingredients together, pour into a cracked pot, bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

Carve into bite-sized pieces. Guaranteed to leave a bad taste in your mouth.

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This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.