One of the great adages of hiring is: “We hire people for what they know and we fire them for who they are.”
To do a better job of hiring, we need to focus more of the applicant’s attitudes and personality traits rather than on skills. One area of focus should be “readiness” (Definition: Prepared or available for service, action, or progress; Mentally disposed; willing; Likely or about to do something; Prompt in apprehending or reacting).
Does the applicant exhibit a readiness to:
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- Learn and apply new ideas?
- Change and adapt?
- Respond positively to correction or criticism?
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This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.