Would you ever seriously consider proposing to someone after only a few hours of conversation? Or would you say yes to such a proposal? 

Recruiting the right candidate for your open position can feel a lot like speed dating. 

The ultimate goal of recruiting is to find a person of high character and integrity, who has all the core competencies necessary for the position, is the type of person who will thrive in your culture, fits the management style, and who is also excited to put roots down to help the company grow. Easy, right?

If you lead an organization you’ve been there. You get an email introduction from a friend or colleague encouraging you to carve out some time to meet so and so with nothing but ambiguity circling around the purpose of the meeting. You glance at your calendar, never ending to-do list, backlogged inbox and anxiety starts to build. You don’t want to be a jerk and blow the person off, but you have so little margin as it is that making time for a new connection feels impossible. Maybe even unwise.

Depending upon your personality type you likely navigate these types of situations in one of three ways.