Should CEOs Interview Every New Hire?

Beverly Flaxington is a practice management consultant. She answers questions from advisors facing human resource issues. To submit yours, email us here.

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Dear Bev,

Our firm is running full tilt and has been growing significantly over the last few years. Our founder has been personally involved in every single hire we’ve made from our inception 14 years ago. Our growth has forced us to hire people perhaps a bit more quickly than we would have preferred, but we haven’t had much choice because our workload is growing exponentially.

Our founder wants to put a halt to any new hires who he doesn’t personally approve. I don’t see how this is manageable – we are at 32 people. We need to have a hiring process, or even an HR person at this stage of our evolution. But he insists the success has come from the fact that he has handpicked everyone who works here.

How can I show him it isn’t in his, or our, best interest to be wedded to this approach? What are other firms our size doing? When is critical mass reached and HR becomes a necessity?


Dear E.O.,

What is the downside to having your founder involved in the process? I don’t disagree with your comment that you might need a hiring process. I’ll address that in a bit, but I am not understanding the negative impact from the founder’s involvement.