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Hiring high potential staff

Posted on 20 December '18 by , under Business.

Your business is only as good as your staff, which is why you want to hire high potential employees. You may find it hard to spot a high potential candidate in an interview.

Our tips will tell you what to look for and ask when you are recruiting.

High potential employee traits
A common set of characteristics can identify high potential employees. These candidates will:

  • Have leadership qualities
  • Take on extra responsibility
  • Be team players
  • Think outside the box
  • Solve problems
  • Have a passion for their industry

Spotting high potential employees in an interview
In an interview, you can identify an employee with these high potential traits by:

  • Asking about their goals, to assess ambition
  • Asking about industry current events, to see if they are passionate about this area of work
  • Listening to the questions they ask you, to judge their interest in the position
  • Asking about prior challenges they overcame, to provide you with evidence of their problem-solving skills