Have you read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell? If you haven’t you should read it, it’s one of the rare books that deeply changed the way I think.
I can summarize it in one sentence: when you meet someone you get an impression in the first minute of that person and how you get along. Trust your first feelings, they’re right most of the time.
Why would you need hours of interviews and references with someone you have a “positive blink” with? Just trust your first impression.
I was the moderator of the Davos dinner about social networking with leaders such as Marissa Mayer of Google or LinkedIn’s founder Reid Hoffman and Trevor had his table and was one of the speakers. I was immediately impressed. When he came to meet me in a corridor at the Annual Meeting and asked:
“do you know anyone looking for an intern” I immediately said “yes, join my company Seesmic anytime”.
He was surprised I answered this fast as I was entering a session. We then exchanged a few direct messages on Twitter and agreed on a salary and he’s joining us today, Trevor told the whole story in the Washington Post.
I knew I did not need more than a few minutes. Get a good blink about someone and try, you will see it rarely tricks you. Oh, and it’s not only about recruiting of course.