What to look for in new recruits


Pen and paper in hand?

Here are the criteria for recruiting new people into your organisation at every position:

  • hungry
  • blank sheets
  • with a history of achievement outside of their education/career

Hungry – I’m attracted to people who are on quests – determined to see the world and be seen by the world.

Blank sheets – I don’t want people who have been trained in the ways of some other Jedi.

History of achievement – I’m looking for people who have volunteered, people who have learned skills outside of the job, people who are making a difference in their tribe.

They are needles in a haystack – that’s for sure but the searching and the waiting are always worth it.

If you settle for less, you will get less.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.

3 thoughts on “What to look for in new recruits”

    1. Edd – Attitude is but one of the traits that we would want to identify – we analyse 35-45.

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  1. Can’t agree more regarding the importance of attitudes – and of the right one to fit with your business. Although, on blank sheets, I have an applicant who has been well and truly trained by some chap called Ashley Latter. I am guessing that if said jedi is not from the dark side I am probably safe to view this particular previous training as a positive…;-)

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