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The onset of the new school year brings us a whole new crop of freshmen entering the high school sports scene.

For those talented and fortunate enough to earn a spot on a team – congratulations.  It could be, although unknown to them, a key step in their future careers.

I know a business owner who has told me in the past that he won’t hire a person if they have not participated in team sports sometime in their life.  That could be Little League baseball, soccer or cheer, as long as there is a team aspect to it.

His rationale is that his business relies on multiple people performing various tasks in succession that cannot be completed unless the previous tasks are done correctly.

Are there any hidden qualities you look for in the hiring process?

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio


  1. Stephanie Lough says:

    I have yet to be on the hiring side of things, but I understand why a business owner only hires people who have participated in competitive team work. Anyone can say they are a “team player”, but how can they really be sure if they have never officially been a part of a team? Although I do not think it should be limited to an athletic team – student government, yearbook, volunteer organizations, school clubs – all have team aspects.

    Oh and I am TOTALLY in that picture! Upper left of the flag, few rows up, gold sparkly motor board. See me???

  2. Sandra says:

    I think that is a great idea. That does tell you something about a person if they claim to be a team player but never participating in one.

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