Hiring Wisdom: Do You Hire For “Readiness?”

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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  1. Learn and apply new ideas?
  2. Change and adapt?
  3. Respond positively to correction or criticism?
  4. Listen?

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This was originally published on Mel Kleiman’s Humetrics blog.

Mel Kleiman, CSP, is an internationally-known authority on recruiting, selecting, and hiring hourly employees. He has been the president of Humetrics since 1976 and has over 30 years of practical experience, research, consulting and professional speaking work to his credit. Contact him at mkleiman@humetrics.com.