In the past 5 years, I have conducted numerous job interviews.
Those who got hired had 1 thing in common.
They had one or more of these 13 UNIQUE traits:
1/ Some were good writers
It doesn’t matter what’s your profession. You’ll need to put your point across if you’re a knowledge worker.
Good writing means:
1- Clear thoughts
2- Clear communication
Good writer == Good hire
2/ Some were good motivators
Professional life === tough life
A team member who has the ability to:
– lift others up, and
– motivate others
is a must-hire.
3/ Some were thick-skinned
Corporate world is not for the weak. It requires a very THICK skin.
Can’t take negative feedback
Seek negative feedback and use it to improve their next iteration.
4/ Some had a smiling face
These are mood lifters. You look at them and can’t resist smiling.
Work without fun is hot cocoa without marshmallows. Nobody wants that.
We want people who make work fun.
5/ Some made mistakes, but…
– quick to accept their mistakes.
– quick to apologize, and
– quick to recommend workarounds
6/ Some were ruthless eliminators
Their mantra ==> PRIORITIZE
This is what I use:
“Do I Need this?”
If no, eliminate.
If yes, ask:
If no, automate.
If yes, ask
“Only I can do this?”
If no, delegate.
Eliminate – Automate – Delegate.
7/ Some were curious
Quality questions == quality answers
The most powerful leadership move is asking the right questions.
1) What’s the problem?
2) Is it worth solving?
3) Can it be solved well?
4) Can it be tested ASAP?
5) What’s the risk?
8/ Some had a system to take frequent notes
Super notes === super employee
Notes are like time travel. They help you recall details you miss.
If you want to be an instant hire, become an instant note taker.
9/ Some were not superheroes
They weren’t productive all the time. No one is productive all the time.
But they were NOT “not productive” all the time too.
They could pinpoint what isn’t working and attempt to fix it.
10/ Some used “We” more than “I”
John Wooden said:
“A player who makes a team great is better than a great player”Employees who understand this are must hires.
Employees who understand this are must hires.
11/ Some could talk personal stuff
They were Emotionally Intelligent. They used their own vulnerability to connect to people.
Contrary to popular belief:
Being vulnerable is not being weak. It’s the highest form of COURAGE.
We hire such people.
12/ Some had a listening ear
Active listening == superpower
– Your family value good listening
– Your friends value good listening
– Your co-workers value good listening
People value good listeners. They are valued everywhere.
We hire good listeners.
13/ Most were able to bounce back
They were AGILE! They failed, but they bounced back.
They did not fear failure.
They feared not being able to try again.
Here’s an important thing to note about the above.
It’s an open list.
You may have these qualities/habits or you may not. But there’s one thing that all of us have.
The ability to make a CHOICE.
Choose to develop a helping attitude and you’ll learn the above in no time.