“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?
- Integrity and values that align with those of the organization
- Can easily fit into the role and culture (adaptability & flexibility)
- Ability to solve problems and learn quickly (high intelligence & learning quotient)
- People orientation – team oriented vs lone ranger, empathy, helping, generous (sharing)
- Passion, creativity, and bias for action – core attributes in a leader that impacts everyone around.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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