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“What should you look at while hiring.”

While ensuring that you retain and nurture your best people, you need to pay a lot of attention to hiring the right people. New hires bring new perspectives, a fresh outlook, ideas and hence enrich the leadership pool. However, finding the ideal candidate presents an enormous challenge.

What should you then be looking for in a new hire? 

  1. Integrity and values that align with those of the organization
  2. Can easily fit into the role and culture (adaptability & flexibility)
  3. Ability to solve problems and learn quickly (high intelligence & learning quotient)
  4. People orientation – team oriented vs lone ranger, empathy, helping, generous (sharing)
  5. Passion, creativity, and bias for action – core attributes in a leader that impacts everyone around.
  6. Personality traits – charm, pleasant disposition, strong communication skills (pivotal for relationships and executive presence).

As far as past work history is concerned, you should focus on – significant achievements, examples of innovation and transformative changes, failures and the learnings there-off and track record of consistent high performance

What you should avoid?

  1. Assessing people from a pre-set or rigidly defined criteria or our own self-image - of what is right for the organization? Diversity and differences in the team is usually a great advantage in the leadership pool.
  2. Over-emphasis on prior experience in similar industry and/or organization type in the selection process offers limited choice and is also incestuous from a certain perspective.

By Pradeep Sen for Zeus

For More:

http://www.theoverturegroup.com/blog/4-essential-steps-for-hiring-senior-executives/

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One Comment

  • MAHESH NANDURKAR

    August 8, 2018 at 7:34 am

    Nicely articulated . One comment on thoughts “Hi-performers in the Corporate World” ( Perform >90% & Train <10% of the time.) This keeps changing as you grow up the corporate ladder is my opinion… Mahesh

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