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Question: New Position as Director, HR

Posted by bizcoachjason on July 20, 2007

email from Bill:
Hello All:
I’m starting a new position as Director, Hr with a company in Madison, Wi. We (it’s so nice to be able to say that) have 225 employees in five locations within the city. I’ll have two staff.I was in my previous HR role for 18 years. It’s been sometime since I’ve started a new job. I’ll begin learning the business as quickly as I can, I’ll do an internal audit, sit down with staff and others to talk and listen. I’m looking for thoughts/ideas on getting started. Any suggestions?
my reply:
Hi Bill,
What was the most important/urgent needs of your hiring manager?

When I interview for a job, I like to ask “What are the top three things you would like to see the person hired into this position accomplish right away?” This communicates that I care about their objectives and priorities as well as gives me insight on many levels, including where to start if I get the job.

Aside from that, I am very much a team building and employee development person, so I like to start with meeting with each person I manage and determine their background—experience, strengths, wants, needs and expectations, and communicate my expectations for them. I like to find out their career goals and determine how those align with the business objectives so that both can grow together. Then I like to meet with everyone together as the team to go through a similar meeting as well as develop group cohesion and team identity.

Please feel free to email me if you have any further questions. I’d be happy to help.



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