How to Acquire New Talent
Make sure you ask the question, "Hey Joe, I'm looking for an outstanding accountant. Do you know of anybody that I can talk to? If you find me someone, I'll take you out to lunch." In many cases, your associate will know of someone who meets your qualifications and be glad to give you a referral. The lunch option adds some icing on the cake.
Excerpted from Attracting & Rewarding Outstanding Employees