In the bestselling handbook, Lead Right, there is an important reminder for all leaders at all levels...be choosy about who you hire and promote. Clearly the more time you put into hiring and promotion decisions, the less effort you will have to devote to managing and correcting the performance and behaviors of the people you bring on.
So, take the time to select the right way. Make it a thorough process...a top priority. And involve others whose opinions and judgments you trust. Not satisfied with the candidates you have? Then re-post or advertise again to get more viable candidates. Not satisfied with the completeness of the interview? Then schedule a second (or even a third) session and consider involving more colleagues in the selection process. Also, consider using outside organizations that specialize in recruiting high quality candidates. And by all means, don’t forget background checks.
Find and select the right people for each open position- regardless of how busy you are at the time. You owe it to your organization. You owe it to your team. You owe it to yourself!
Just remember...if you hire and promote "tough" you can manage "easy".