“I have a bad feeling about this.”
That line pops up in just about every Star Wars episode, spoken by almost every major character, including C3PO. And they’re usually right. It appears you don’t have to be a Jedi to trust The Force. Or in this case, your intuition.
It’s That Feeling
How many times have you found yourself thinking to yourself, “I just can’t hire this guy. He’s got a great CV, all kinds of experience. He meets all the requirements and qualifications for the job. But I just can’t hire him. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s just something about him.”? That’s your intuition talking. It’s the feeling that you get deep in your gut that tells you that something just isn’t right. And it’s okay to trust it. In fact, it’s advisable.
Hiring is not as simple as it once was. You still have to sift through the CVs and cover letters, and conduct the interviews to weed out the less-than-stellar candidates. Some companies even use psychometrics and other methods to test a potential candidate’s mettle. But even after all of that, even though you might think that you’ve found what looks like the ideal candidate, there is still that tummy test. A hire has to have all the aforementioned requirements and qualifications, or as many of them as possible. If they don’t, you don’t hire them. But if they do, and yet you still, for some reason or another, don’t feel right about hiring them, you move on.
But What Is It?
The problem with intuition is its definition; you can’t quite put your finger on what it is that you can’t quite put your finger on. And if you can’t define intuition, then how do you trust it when making such an important decision as hiring a new team member, sales rep, or CEO?
Intuition and intuition-practitioners are all the rage. And they’re right up there with psychics. But using your intuition doesn’t mean you have to start wearing crystals at work, or reading people’s auras. Intuition isn’t magic. The word simply refers to your powers of contemplation, or your gut-instinct. And even Forbes Magazine says it’s okay to trust it. But their caveat is that it comes with experience. In fact, your experience and your knowledge inform your intuition. So trusting your gut really means trusting your experience, trusting your knowledge.
And all of the expressions you might use to explain it are interchangeable: It’s just a feeling I have. It’s just my gut. It’s just experience.
But it’s not “just” your gut. Knowing the right decisions to take and the right choices to make for your business depends on the knowledge and experience you’ve built up over time to get where you are today. You know what you’re doing. So when your well-informed gut tells you that somebody, despite their glowing CV and dazzling interview, is just not “the one,” trust yourself.
And may The Force be with you.