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How to recognize and select on the best potential?

Still many organizations base their Recruitment and Talent Acquisition activities on past experience and delivered results of a candidate.

But why is it that candidates who have performed well in the past, not necessarily succeed in a new company or role? Or how can it be that someone without seemingly the right competences, proves to be very successful in a new job?

In today’s world companies and organizations change fast, disruptive innovations and new business models arise, requiring people’s flexibility and adaptability. A different skillset becomes key in performing on high level.

For Recruiters and Hiring Managers it is becoming more difficult to predict future behavior and performance of candidates. The more important it is to look at peoples potential: a strong motivation to reach challenging goals with the team, resilience, adaptability and ability to understand and solve tomorrows and next week’s dilemmas.

Intelligence and experience do matter, however the focus should be on personality, mindset, learning ability, adaptability.


How to select on potential?

Recognizing and selecting on potential is far more difficult than selecting on knowledge, experience and past results.

These criteria will help you recognize highly talented people:

  • Authenticity and creativity
  • Positive mindset, energy and self-motivation
  • Cross-functional collaboration
  • Ability to make the complex simple
  • Peaking at the right moment
  • Ability to learn
  • Knowing how to set ambitious yet realistic goals
  • Ability to execute
  • Decisiveness
  • Confidence
  • Solution focused


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