Show Notes

In this episode we talk about the 4 most important questions to ask when hiring, they are:

  • Have you played any team sports before?
  • Which book are you currently reading?
  • Ask them a question relating to your core values
  • What do you know about our company?


Christian: [00:00:00] The first question that you should ask when hiring is have you played any team sports before?


Aaron: [00:00:08] You know the irony is that I was on a run this morning with one of my friends, and we were running down this trail. And I was talking to him and said that, yeah, I didn't have a bunch of experience getting out of school. However, I played sports all through high school and was captain and whatever else, and they said, "Yeah, we want to hire you." And I was like why? They're like, "Well, you played sports." And I was like, "And what does that have to do with this job?"


Aaron: [00:00:49] Howdy, y'all. Welcome to another episode of The Marketing Natives. Thank you for tuning in wherever you may be. If you are listening to this and you are wanting some tips on marketing and advertising, this is the right podcast for you. Today's episode is the four most important questions to ask when hiring. We just- We've been hiring a little bit lately, and we've just been doing a bunch of research, and that is why we created this episode. We know that other people probably have these questions, and it will hopefully simplify and streamline your process to bring people in the door, the right people in the door.


Christian: [00:01:25] Word. I think after- I wasn't really paying much attention to the title. So I mean, I don't think these are the most important questions.


Aaron: [00:01:36] Oh yeah, they are.


Christian: [00:01:37] They are?


Aaron: [00:01:38] So you're thinking- Like these are the most important questions once they get to the final stage, not like the entry level. Like here's your resume and do interview one. This is like-


Christian: [00:01:51] So again I wouldn't say that they are the most important, but I think they may be the most important after you've asked the regular old questions like-


Aaron: [00:02:02] Are you qualified to work here?


Christian: [00:02:03] Yeah. What are your strengths and weaknesses and all that stuff?


Aaron: [00:02:06] Yeah.


Christian: [00:02:08] Okay. I can live with that. All right. So the first question that you should ask when hiring is have you played any team sports before?


Aaron: [00:02:17] You know the irony is that I was on a run this morning with one of my friends, and we were running down this trail. And I was talking to him and said that, yeah, I didn't have a bunch of experience getting out of school. However, I played sports all through high school and was captain and whatever else. And they said, "Yeah, we want to hire you." And I was like why? They're like, "Well, you played sports." And I was like, "And what does that have to do with this job?" And they're like, "Well, we know that you're going to show up on time. We know that you're going to be working hard. You're disciplined, et cetera, et cetera." So people who are team players or have worked on a team are usually driven and, as you have here, focused on goals, usually more fit, and what was the last thing you put there? Keep their mind in peak condition.


Christian: [00:03:03] Well, the way I wrote it is that they're physically fit which helps keep their mind in peak condition.


Aaron: [00:03:10] Got it.


Christian: [00:03:12] But yeah. Everything like Aaron said. Being on team sports usually, you know, people usually have really good qualities and are usually - like it says here - really great team players that have all those great qualities. So yeah, it might be- At first whenever I was researching for this, yeah, it might have been an odd question or it might be, you know, still an odd question to ask, but yeah, usually people who have played in team sports have those qualities. And I think another good one is they're actually really good communicators too. Usually when you're playing team sports, you have to have really good communication skills to be able to play as a team.


Aaron: [00:03:54] Right. Hey, you're about to get hit by this football player who's running straight at you. All right. So number two, which book are you currently reading? People who want to better themselves are usually reading books or listening to podcasts to improve their skills, and we see this a lot with business owners or people who are leaders in the community, part of their local council. They're reading. They're interacting. They're speaking a lot more. So rock stars, as Christian put here, are always learning and absorbing new info. So if they're reading, that can tell you a little bit about the person.


Christian: [00:04:30] Yep, exactly. And I think when I was researching whoever, you know, the idea of this came from, I think they said something like, you know, if they're reading a fiction book, he said that's usually like a red flag for them. And I think this is something that also goes to the third question that we'll get to here in a minute, which goes back to core values as a company and the type of person that you want in your business. So yeah. Reading books usually means that they're on top of their game, that they're always trying to learn new things, and they don't do well by just, you know, graduating college. And oh, I graduated college. So that's all I need to know, and you know, they pretend to want to get a job doing that without any extra additional work. So.


Aaron: [00:05:28] Yeah, that was really good, and I think there's a caveat there for the fiction. I think that the imagination part, depending on the job, for somebody like us for them to be more creative. Maybe they're reading more fiction to come up with a deeper imagination that will help them be, you know, better designers, but if you need an accountant, if they're reading the Twilight Saga versus, you know, something by - let's just say - Jeff Bezos, that may not be a good fit.


Christian: [00:05:53] Right. Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt your regular broadcast to talk about the creators of this podcast, BitBranding. Christian Pinon and Aaron Pearson. They are rock stars. If you would like to know more about BitBranding and their services, please go to and check out their awesome website. Okay, that's it. That's all I have.


Aaron: [00:06:37] All right. Cool. And I'm going to close it out, but I just wanted to add onto that right there and say that we haven't told anybody yet, but you are in the process of making a wireframe, and we eventually sometime this year will have a huge update for our website.


Christian: [00:06:49] Yeah. Which I- Yeah. I'm not going to say much because this is actually the first time we've publicly said something about our new website, but all I've got to say is it's going to be pretty awesome. A lot of cool things in there.


Aaron: [00:07:06] All right. So we are back. Thank you for our voiceover. We can't give out the name of that person, but we will use them again.


Christian: [00:07:14] For sure.


Aaron: [00:07:14] And we just don't want you guys to have them. So.


Christian: [00:07:16] Yeah. Number three here. Some of the most important questions to ask when hiring, and I think the previous two questions that we had kind of relate to this too, but I don't think I have- I do have a question here. So the question is describe three to five things about the communication within an organization that must be present for you to work most effectively. It's kind of a loaded question, but we actually use this question for our own personal questionnaire when we're interviewing people. So if you are a potential candidate and you're viewing some of the stuff that we're doing, you definitely need to be listening to this episode because it will give you a lot of insight into the questions that we ask, especially this one here. But we usually ask questions relating to our core values as a company. For example, this is like a big duh for us, but, for example, one of the core values that we have is open communication. And so we looked at all of our core values, and from those core values we develop questions in our interview so that we can better assess if they're fit for our company or not. If someone doesn't align with your core values as a company, then that person is probably not going to be a good fit for your company. Now I think we have five or six core values, and we don't have- You don't have to align- That person doesn't not have to align with all the core values, but I would say, you know, if you have six, they have to line up with about five of them in order to be a good hire.


Aaron: [00:08:55] Right. Yes. It would just be a waste of time for both people on both end. I guess the whole point for these questions is that by answering these- If they've gotten this far, they've probably interviewed pretty well, but these are questions to kind of like trip people up a little bit hopefully. And depending on how they answer them, hopefully you don't make a decision where you're wondering if six months down the road did I make a hiring decision that was probably not the best fit? So the questions are meant to kind of, you know, bring out some different things and make people kind of stumble a little bit if they don't align, which is, you know. They don't really study for these kind of questions.


Christian: [00:09:32] Exactly. And I think I think we have a- I mean, I'm not going to say this, but we have a question- I'm not going to say the actual question, but we have a question that it's a completely bogus question at the very end of our questionnaire interview, and I'm not going to say what it is. So it's just still a surprise for people who are potentially applying BitBranding, but yeah, it just has to do with, you know, with our personalities and going back to our core values and just trying to mix in a little bit of fun and see exactly what that person says after, you know, we ask that question.


Aaron: [00:10:05] Absolutely. All right. Moving onto our last one here. Number four is what do you know about our company? So I feel like it takes a little bit of effort, and I thought that it was kind of obvious at first for people to research the company or research what they were applying for. But it's so easy now with LinkedIn and Indeed and stuff. You create one resume, you kind of aligned for it, and then you just automatically submit.


Christian: [00:10:30] Push a button and then it goes out to the masses.


Aaron: [00:10:33] Exactly. And it's like do you really want this job or are you just looking for a job? Because if you're just looking for a job and we just happen to give you one and you find something better, are you going to leave in three months? We want you to actually want to work here. So we were interviewing a girl last week, actually there was three of them. Two of them knew about the company. One girl was like, "Oh, well, I haven't gotten the name of the company or anything." I was like well, okay. No. And then the other two were like, "Yeah, we know you guys have a podcast. We know that you do this video show on Facebook called Tip for Tip. I know that you and Christian started the company. I know that, you know, you guys like pizza and Ninja Turtles and stuff." And I was like, you know, that's cool. You actually did your research. You watched our videos. You know about us, and that really says like okay, I'm going invest some time because you can't find all that out without spending just a little bit of time, a little bit of effort.


Christian: [00:11:26] I mean, the pizza and Ninja Turtles is pretty obvious, you know? You have to just go to BitBranding on Instagram and you'll find out all that.


Aaron: [00:11:35] This is true, but it still takes a little bit of effort.


Christian: [00:11:38] Yeah.


Aaron: [00:11:39] You actually have to go and look for that stuff versus the one girl who said, "Oh, I haven't had the information yet."


Christian: [00:11:44] Yeah, true. True that.


Aaron: [00:11:48] All right. That wraps it up for this episode of The Marketing Natives. We are always going to encourage you to subscribe. Make sure that you do not miss any episodes, and if you are in the process of hiring somebody or you have a friend who has a business about to do that, please share this episode with them so that they can get the most value and hopefully save them a bunch of time.


Christian: [00:12:11] Word. Yeah. We will ssss- You will hear us next week.


Aaron: [00:12:17] Actually, I want to know how the person who's doing the transcriptions is going to use that sss part there.


Christian: [00:12:23] Hopefully a bunch of Ss.


Aaron: [00:12:25] Yes. All right. There you go. All right. We'll talk to you guys next week.

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