How to Spot Winning Talent

Allow yourself as much time as possible to fill the role because finding the right fit isn’t going to happen overnight.

Allow yourself as much time as possible to fill the role.

As the boss, you’re responsible for hiring and promoting the best. Whether it’s gauging a candidate’s qualifications on an interview, or determining an existing employee’s ability to move up within the company, you need to be sure the job is in the right hands.

But spotting that winning talent can be challenging. When throwing their hat into the ring, everyone has on their best game face. How can you see beyond that and truly tell if the person is the best for the job?

Go Slow – When you’re in a rush to fill a position, you’ll look for reasons to hire or promote people that may not really deserve it. Allow yourself as much time as possible to fill the role because finding the right fit isn’t going to happen overnight.

Get Input – You have your own perspective of the company and what needs to be improved, but your colleagues and employees may have a beneficial perspective as well. When possible, get input from others; just those few you already know and trust.

Pay Attention – Everyone says if you want a position that doesn’t exist, create it. Guts and glory are the most common ways to get ahead. But what if you have a hidden diamond in the rough standing before you; someone quiet and not necessarily confident but nonetheless perfect for the job? Be sure you know enough about your employees’ strengths and talents, both the things they boast about and the things they’re modest about.

Push the Limits – If you think you’re facing someone with hidden potential, challenge them. Give them a task that falls outside of their comfort zone and see how they respond. Once you find out what someone is made of, you can figure out what they need to be motivated to move up to the next level.

Sometimes the talent is right under your nose, sometimes you have to wait for it to walk in the door. Whatever package it comes in, when you see a glimmer of talent, be patient and challenge it to reveal its true potential.

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