Everyone hopes to employ a natural self-starter that takes initiative and gets things done. However, as we all know, there is only so much you can gauge from the interview process. At the end of the day, we make the best possible decision based on experience, references, personality, and often gut-feel.
However, it won’t be until the candidate actually begins work that we’ll be able to fully understand how well he or she performs within the role. They might be the perfect fit or sadly not at all.
Luckily, there are a few signs we can look out for to spot a real self-starter. These will help identify the right candidate, making it a little easier to hire the best talent possible.
Five things to look out for when hiring top talent:
1. Words are key
Generally, proactive people make use of action verbs and terms when communicating what they can do. Look and listen for keywords like create, produce, influence, accomplish and lead.
2. A successful track record
People who are likely to achieve results have probably done so in previous positions. If a person’s CV is stacked with an impressive lineup of achievements, it’s likely they will continue to achieve in this role too.
3. Scope out extracurricular activities
Typically, go-getters have trouble sitting still. So do a bit of digging on social media, and suss out what other interests and activities they may have outside of work.
4. Get examples
Most over-achievers have a collection of their finest work, printed, laminated or up on their wall. Ask to see examples of their best work to make sure you’re getting a good one.
5. Pay attention to follow-up
If candidates have a real sense of urgency and commitment to your organisation, it should be no more than 48 hours before you receive a follow-up email or creative response.
Hiring the right candidate is not an exact science, and the more people you interview, the better you will become at making the right call.
A good rule of thumb? Look for people who excite and impress you throughout the entire process. If they go above and beyond before they’re hired, they are likely to bring the same attitude to your team.