Hiring Lessons from the NFL Draft


I’ve been thinking a lot about the upcoming NFL Draft and how teams try to find the players they want– evaluating talent based on 40 times, bench presses and Wonderlics. Despite these metrics and years of research, teams still routinely get it wrong. Are these really good indicators of how well a prospect will perform? How many draft “busts” can you name right off the top of your head?

Small business owners have to do the same thing when they are looking for the best people to hire and add to the team. Getting it right can be a huge benefit to a business, but getting it wrong can be a disaster. Recently, on a live Google Hangout, I discussed the importance of fit and talked about some of the things I look for when I add members to my team.

Watch it below.

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Fran Tarkenton

Fran Tarkenton is an entrepreneur and NFL Hall of Famer, and the founder of GoSmallBiz.com and Tarkenton Companies. With a passion for small business, he’s started more than 20 businesses during and after his NFL career. Fran is a small business coach for entrepreneurs and business owners, providing advice and guidance through sites such as GoSmallBiz.com, SmallBizClub.com, and more. He has written about business issues in the Wall Street Journal, U.S. New and World Report, and USA Today, along with regular appearances on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC. You can follow Fran on Twitter @Fran_Tarkenton.