Your company has opportunities opening up and you are on the hiring panel, here are three characteristics to assess when hiring someone.
Assessing talent is one of the toughest decisions organizations have to make. Most people like to believe that if they trust their gut about a candidate, they will be able to hire the right person. Nothing could be further from the truth. Human beings look at the world through their filters. These are biases they bring in while assessing talent.
Since we spend all our life interacting with human beings it gives us an illusion that we are constantly improving our ability to assess performance and potential. That becomes our basis for hiring.
Having accurate measurements for performance is tough enough; measuring the potential for future roles is tougher.
Just because someone has interviewed thousands of candidates does not mean that their skills of assessing talent have been improving. All of us have been writing for years, yet not everyone's handwriting is legible or appealing. Assessing candidates needs to be learned.
The most effective employees are the ones who know their subject matter in depth. There is always so much we all need to know on a daily basis to stay on top of our field. Organizations reward employees who go above and beyond. They work hard to get the job done and take accountability of tasks that are assigned to them. They are people who everyone wishes to have on their team because we enjoy working with them. They care about others’ opinions. They say things that motivate and energise others and have high levels of emotional intelligence and social skills.
What makes someone an effective hire boils down to three characteristics- Do they have the knowledge to do the job? Are they motivated to work hard? Do they have social skills that will make it easy for them to work with others?
The next time you are hiring someone look for ways to assess these characteristics. Then evaluate the actual performance with your interview notes.
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