Slow and steady may win the race, but you need a star to make real progress. TLNT shares attributes to look for when hiring.
- Resumes offer clues on people's performance abilities. Graduating summa cum laude with a double major? Overachiever.
- "Do or do not. There is no try." Ask candidates what they’d do in hypothetical situations, noting how well and how quickly they can construct a reasonable solution.
- High performers have goals. Long-term and short-term, and they know how to get there.
- They are ambitious. You never have to motivate a high performer, they have a clear sense of direction on where they're heading.
- They are great at managing time. High performers have a balanced work-life.
We couldn't agree more with the author. Ultimately, performance matters. The best predictor of a high performing employee, more so than traits, is a consistent track record of performance over time in varied situations. Also, instead of selecting 5 universal traits, create a competency model for a role and then look for candidates with a track record of success and the specific competencies required for the role.