The Seven C's of Hiring

In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. If they don't have the first, the other two will kill you. Warren Buffet

There is a simple but good model for hiring and staffing. Look for character, chemistry, creed, competency and capacity. For work in the Christian context, there are two more aspects as well.

1.  Character: Who you are on the inside - like integrity, wisdom, love, goodness, empathy... I add emotional intelligence and relational intelligence in this category. Without a solid character, everything else is going to cause you problems. That is what Buffet is getting at with his emphasis on integrity. 

2.  Chemistry: Is there a fit? Is there compatibility?  Do we like each other, get each other, understand each other, value each other? 

3.  Creed (and Core Values). Do we share the same essential beliefs on the things that matter the most? Are we of the "same mind." Ideas do matter. They make a difference. 

4.  Competency: Are their the skills and abilities to do the mission critical work. The best way to assess for competency is to see the track record of generating results. Intelligence is a type of competency.

5.  Capacity: This is an important one. Is there the necessary energy, stamina, and resiliency to do the amount of good work needed? 


6.  Christ at the Center: On this one, I am looking at the quality of spirituality, the depth of relationship with God, the Christ-likeness and Christ-imitating dynamics. Frankly, this is the most important of all the qualities... and on this one, all the others rise or fall.

7.  Calling: That mysterious sense that God is well pleased and at work to join together a person with a role, a place, a ministry, a vocation. Very subjective, but valuable.


The more time you spend up front assessing and discerning the presence or absence of these "factors" the better positioned you are to make a good decision. 

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International