I loved this quote: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”
The benefits of believing
Maybe you avoid them, and maybe you reevaluate before you hire them and discover they are an awful culture fit.
Understand: EVERYONE is replaceable.
I believe that this is a straightforward case of the long-term costs outweighing the short-term benefits. You will regret it in the long run.
Gossip and pride and unkindness are just so toxic.
Don’t hire those kind of people.
It’s oh so tempting to let a few values mismatches and clashes slide because an employee is doing high-quality work or has skills that seem hard to replace. But every time we’ve done this at Moz, it’s backfired. Sometimes it’s quick and the damage is minimal, but other times we’ve kept someone around far past the time they’d proven their values to conflict with our own; it wreaks havoc on morale. Take Maya Angelou’s advice: when someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
-Rand Fishkin, Lost And Founder