17 Insightful Quotes for Recruiters & HR Professionals

Whether your company produces cars or cosmetics, hiring great people for a business is always the most important task.  After all a company is only as good as the people it keeps, and as a Recruiting & HR professional you have this responsibility on your shoulders.

With that in mind here are 17 insightful hiring quotes to inspire you to build great teams and help you make better hiring decisions

1. “Great vision without great people is irrelevant.”

Jim Collins, Good to Great

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2. “Human Resources isn’t a thing we do. It’s the thing that runs our business.”

Steve Wynn, Wynn Las Vegas

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3. “You need to have a collaborative hiring process.”

Steve Jobs, Apple

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4. “You can’t teach employees to smile. They have to smile before you hire them.”

Arte NathanWynn Las Vegas

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5. “Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do.”

Malcolm ForbesForbes

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6. “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

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7. “Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?”

Thomas John Watson Sr., IBM

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8. “It’s more than just selling pizzas. It’s being a good fit for the community. We hire based on the betterment of the community as much as anything.”

Mark Starr, David’s Pizza.

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9. “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 WestLuxor and Excalibur Hotel

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10. “I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.”

Lawrence Bossidy, GE

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

Henry David Thoreau, Life without Principle

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12. “If you think hiring professionals is expensive, try hiring amateurs”


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

Bill Gates, Microsoft

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14. “Time spent on hiring is time well spent.”

Robert Half

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15. “I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way”

Lee Iacocca, ford 

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16. “You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.”

Andrew Carnegie

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17. “Management is nothing more than motivating other people.”

Lee Iacocca, ford 

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What’s your favorite quote? What are some other good hiring quotes you know of? Let us know in the comments below!

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About the Author: Prafull Sharma

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  1. Phil January 31, 2017 at 7:07 am - Reply

    This really something we could use in the office. Hiring managers would love to read these quotes.

  2. Moses Arinaitwe August 3, 2017 at 3:23 am - Reply

    I love these statements. They add value to creating stronger HR systems

  3. Cathi Nix August 20, 2017 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    The quotes are great! Keep posting them please

  4. John Lee October 16, 2017 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Great list Insightful Quotes for Recruiters and HR Professionals. Thank you for sharing your idea.

  5. Vignesh December 21, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    These are really valuable quotes and i love it…

  6. Fidelis Gomes January 11, 2018 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    “Management is nothing more than motivating others.”

  7. Mary Amy Amos April 22, 2018 at 7:05 am - Reply

    Criteria # 1 for hiring should be good attitude, don’t always hire people with high grades; they are the ones with bad attitudes…

  8. hrhelpboard October 6, 2018 at 8:33 am - Reply

    nice quotes

  9. Questy January 16, 2019 at 6:24 am - Reply

    “You cannot push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb.”

    – Andrew Carnegie

    Accurately said. Just tweeted!

  10. 6benches January 21, 2019 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    Good post.

  11. Questy February 8, 2019 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Insightful quotes, without a doubt. My favorite: “I hire people brighter than me and then I get out of their way”

    Which one’s yours?

  12. shivangi sharma February 23, 2019 at 10:21 am - Reply

    very nice collection of words
    keep up the good work

  13. Ritesh Singh March 9, 2021 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Your thoughts are really good, that creates a positiveness in our mind.

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