What should you look for while you're assessing a job applicant?
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Most of us want employees who are engaged and motivated, and who can work in a self-directed manner. Many small business owners and entrepreneurs go to great lengths to ask questions that are designed to uncover an applicant's strengths or weakness in these areas.
However, if you really want your business to thrive, new hires need to have one single personality trait -- an owner's mindset. Why? Because if employees (and applicants) have this single trait, every other behavior that you want to see will likely be present.
Employees with an owner's mindset are self-directed and motivated. They are engaged and customer-focused.
The next time you're looking at a new hire, listen instead for these statements or questions:
- "I enjoy (or "I look for") opportunities to collaborate with others."
- "What are my opportunities for growth?"
- "I can do that."
- "How is my performance measured?"
- "I made this [error/mistake/assumption] and here's what I learned from it."
The applicant who makes these statements or asks these questions will be a valuable asset to your team. At 2amigos we look for an owner mindset in our applicants because we want to make certain that our customers always receive value beyond what they expected.
How do you assess job applicants? What traits do you look for? Send a tweet to @2amigOSMA and let's have a conversation about it!
Link to article mentioned: Look for These 5 Traits Before Extending a Job Offer