College degree?!!... I don't care. When we hire people here at Bravo we look at the person first. It is very important that we hire people who know how to commit and have good work ethics. How can you figure that out you ask? There are ways. Here is a quick vid on how we hire people. Thanks and enjoy.
How do I hire new people? Number one, I really don't look at college degrees, I don't look at education, anything like that, I really don't look at that. What I look at is the person, the kind of person that they are. To me, that's way more important than did he go to the right college or, you know, is he academically, you know, smart. That doesn't matter to me. Now, that's me right? But number one, I look at the person. What kind of person are they? The other thing is I just recently hired two people. What I would do, I did it basically on purpose is if they were supposed to get there at 2:00, I would take my time and I would call them in at about 2:10, 2:15, I would make them wait 10 to 15 minutes out there. And I would know if these guys have an attitude problem or not, if they would walk in the office, you know, I would apologize and say, "Hey, I'm sorry, you know, John, for making you wait this long." And I know right away the kind of persons that they were like, "No, no it's cool man, don't worry about it. It's all good." Or, you know, if they were upset I could right away see it. And so, you know, it exposes that in them and that's one way of finding out if the person that you're gonna hire is somebody that has an attitude problem or somebody that understands just basic, you know, leadership and then I'll know right away, right there I'll find out if it's somebody that understands basic leadership and basic order in a company. Rather than somebody that says, "Hey, man you know what? This is ridiculous, you made me wait 15 minutes," or comes in with a bad attitude right there and then, it's like a big red flag in.
Quite honestly, if somebody comes in with an attitude to an interview, it's like your chances of getting hired are like 99.9% bad, like you're not gonna get hired, man. Unless, you know, you split the atom or something while you're there you're not gonna get hired. So, I go by those, man, attitude, you know, a commitment, those things are important to me. You know, them understanding, again, like I said just order in a company understanding that I'm the owner, understanding respect and, you know, respecting others and, you know, I'll even ask the office because they wait in the office area. Was he okay waiting? Yeah, he was good, he was just sitting there and he actually made small talk with the secretaries and all that, cool, or not the secretaries but he made small talk with the person there whether they are, you know, customer service personnel or anything like that. So, I look at all that stuff, that stuff to me is super important man because if we're gonna work together, I need to know that I can work with that person and that they're not gonna be dragging me down. Life is hard enough, running a business is hard enough on its own, I don't need somebody dragging me down, man, I really don't. That's the way I hire people, man, in a nutshell. There's other things too but, that's basically it. To really just go in there and, you know, cut away all the fat and doing away with the people that I know for sure, I'm not gonna be able to work with because that's super important for me, just super, super important. So, there you go. Thought I'd share that with you guys.
Rene Aguirre is the founder and owner of Bravo Concealment. Rene has been carrying concealed on a daily basis for over 8 years and has been a CHL (concealed handgun license) holder for more than 20 years. Finding a high interest in firearms for many years, Rene started Bravo because of the “lack of” a good concealed carry holster on the market.
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Just to play Devil’s Advocate on your “Make em 10 or 15 minutes” strategy. While YOU may know you’re making them wait as a tactic, THEY don’t know that you’re doing it intentionally. Depending on the interviewee, you may be setting yourself up to look disorganized or mismanaged in their eyes if YOU can’t meet a timeline. If you’ve got a great candidate with multiple offers on the table, do you really want to have to fight that impression when they’re reviewing their options?
Just some food for thought…