I’m pretty sure I don’t fall into HGTV’s typical viewer demographic since I don’t own a home or have a garden, but that doesn’t stop me from watching this channel on a semi-regular basis. One of my favorite shows (and a total guilty pleasure) is House Hunters and its spinoff, House Hunters International. I have been known to marathon this show (and some other HGTV goodies) on a rainy Saturday afternoon.
I’ve learned a lot from House Hunters, and some of the lessons can easily be applied to the business world, especially in the hiring process.
Seem like a crazy connection? I thought so too until I actually sat down and really thought about the lessons House Hunters teaches. Here’s what I found from this popular show:
Make sure you’ve done your homework first. A prospective homeowner doesn’t just start looking at houses without first asking themselves some tough questions. How much can they afford? How many bedrooms and bathrooms do they need? Do they want to worry about yard work?
Tweak these questions to the hiring process and you’ll see the crazy similarities. What kind of candidate are you looking for, how many years of experience do you think the job requires, how much can you afford to pay them without going broke? Basic questions like these need to be addressed and figured out before the interview, not during or after.
You may have to alter your expectations. If you’ve ever seen this show, then you know potential homeowners always realize where their expectations fall in reality to what they can afford while they view that first home. Sometimes they realize they can get a bigger home than they thought, but more often than not they realize their budget doesn’t go as far as they’d like.
With the hiring process, it’s possible that you’ll get too many applicants because your requirements are too broad, or you may not get anyone because they’re too restrictive. Sure, it would be great to hire that person with 25 years of experience who only expects to be paid an entry-level salary. However, that isn’t going to happen. Midway through the process, you may need to revise the candidate qualifications you’re looking for, reorganize your priorities, and figure out exactly the type of person you want and need. There’s nothing wrong with that: you’ll get exactly what you want when you have the best idea of what you’re looking for instead of ‘winging it’.
Don’t write off any possibility. The house hunter always says they want ‘XYZ,’ but when their realtor shows them ‘ABC’, more often than not that’s the house they choose. This just proves that you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for until you can write off what you’re not looking for.
If an applicant’s resume intrigues you in any way, don’t be bashful. Ask them for an interview. You never know what they’ll be like over the phone or in person until you initiate the meeting. They may just be the answer to your prayers!
Be patient. In home shopping you may have to look at five, ten, or even twenty homes before you find ‘the one’ that you love. In hiring new employees, you can’t just assume that the first applicant is going to be the perfect candidate for the job and your search will be over. You may have to weed through several candidates before that resume comes across your desk with your ideal employee. Don’t lose faith, just keep asking those questions to get the best idea of the person sitting across from you at the table.
Narrow down your choices instead of looking at all your options. House Hunters shows the top three home contenders, and from there they weed through them and then show which house they purchased. Hiring starts much the same way! Sure, it’s daunting and time-consuming to go through a stack of resumes, but take a deep breath and start narrowing them down. Remember, it’s best to start out with broad expectations and then begin narrowing them down further and further until only the best possible candidates remain.
It makes complete sense to watch How I Made My Millions or Shark Tank to get business advice, and now House Hunters can be added to that list (you’re welcome!). Hopefully, this proves that you can find advice from anywhere and not just the big shot businessmen of the Fortune 500 companies.
What do you think? Do you like watching ‘House Hunters’? Are there any other lessons you can pull from this awesome show? Sound off below!