Hiring Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old hiring quotes, hiring sayings, and hiring proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


You can have the best strategy and the best building in the world, but if you don't have the hearts and minds of the people who work with you, none of it comes to life.     

Renee West

Often the best solution to a management problem is the right person.     

Edwin Booz

If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it, you almost don't have to manage them.     

Jack Welch

A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Hiring people is an art, not a science, and resumes can't tell you whether someone will fit into a company's culture.     

Howard Schulz

Hiring should always be part of your long-term strategy, not a quick fix to an immediate problem.     

Steven J. Bowen

Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he's hired to do.     

Malcolm Forbes

We focus on two things when hiring. First, find the best people you can in the world. And second, let them do their work. Just get out of their way.     

Matt Mullenweg

If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.     

Chinese Proverb

Hiring people is like making friends. Pick good ones, and they'll enrich your life. Make bad choices, and they'll bring you down.     

Jason Fried

Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for the love of it.     

Henry David Thoreau

Hiring the wrong people is the fastest way to undermine a sustainable business.     

Kevin J. Donaldson

A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people.     

Jim Collins

If each of us hires people who are smaller than we are, we shall become a company of dwarfs. But if each of us hires people who are bigger than we are, we shall become a company of giants.     

David Ogilvy

Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.     

Stephen R. Covey

Don't hire anyone you wouldn't want to run into in the hallway at three in the morning.     

Tina Fey

Great vision without great people is irrelevant.     

Jim Collins

People are not your most important asset. The right people are.     

Jim Collins

If you make a hiring mistake, make the change quickly. Don't ignore problems. Don't assume it will get better.     

Ziad K. Abdelnour

You can't teach employees to smile. They have to smile before you hire them.     

Arte Nathan

The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you have made a hiring mistake. The best people don't need to be managed. Guided, taught, led--yes. But not tightly managed     

Jim Collins

Recruiting should never be outsourced. Everyone at your company should be different in the same way.     

Peter Thiel

The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people.     

Bill Gates

Hiring the right people takes time, the right questions and a healthy dose of curiosity.     

Richard Branson

When hiring key employees, there are only two qualities to look for: judgement and taste. Almost everything else can be bought by the yard.     

John W. Gardner

Time spent on hiring is time well spent.     

Robert Half

If you think hiring professionals is expensive, try hiring amateurs     

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