Ways to Evaluate a Candidate’s Growth Potential

Hiring the best candidate for the job is difficult. Some companies feel rushed to find a candidate as quickly as possible, especially if productivity has decreased from being short-handed. However, a company should also try to hire employees with growth potential, who can do work now, and in the future.

Companies must be agile, which means employees should be able to adapt to change, be creative in problem-solving, and eager to learn. Evaluating job candidates for these qualities is not as hard as you might think, so there’s no need to be overwhelmed.

To find a candidate who can do the job well today and has growth potential for the future, add these three questions to the job interview.

  • Describe a time when you had to adapt in the workplace.

Things change quickly in today’s workforce. No matter what business you are in, people are coming up with new ways to evolve. A candidate with growth potential will be ready to face change instead of hide from it. Ask a candidate to describe a scenario when they adapted to a project that was on the fringe of their job description, or learned something new “on the go” so the team could deliver.

  • What do you enjoy learning about?

Candidates with growth potential enjoy learning. A degree, certification or license doesn’t satisfy their hunger to learn. It actually doesn’t matter if the candidate gives you an answer that has to do with their professional or their personal life – the eagerness to learn is what is most important. Even if the candidate is learning a new sport or hobby, they are more likely to be willing to learn a new skill required for their job.

  • Tell me what your dream career looks like.

A manager has their idea of how the position may grow or evolve, but it’s also important to understand how the job candidate wants to grow or excel in their career. If a candidate’s career goals or dreams align with your goals for growth, that will be a great match and potentially the right hire.

Find Candidates With Growth Potential

If you need to hire a qualified candidate who also has growth potential, contact Pro Talent Group to help you.

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