As we mentioned, hiring passionate employees can bring a lot of benefits to a company. From the strive for excellence and progress, to an employee’s personal investment in the company, all of these things can help enhance the overall success of your company.
But finding passionate employees isn’t always that easy. As a hiring manager, it can require a little detective work to sift through all of the candidates, especially when everyone can simply say, “Yes, I am passionate.”
To lead you in the right direction, here are a few tips that can help you pick out the right (read: passionate) candidates for the job. Take look below:
Assess cultural fit
Cultural fit may determine exactly whether an individual is passionate or not, but it will help make things easier for you. By comparing the values of your candidates to employees who you already know are passionate, you can get a better idea of where they stand in terms of commitment. If you happen to see the same drive and characteristics in them as you do in your employees, then it is safe to say that you are at least heading in the right direction.
An extraordinary interview
The interview is usually the first serious one-on-one conversation where you will be able to gauge their passion. With that in mind, here are a few things to look for.
- They ask a lot of questions and aren’t afraid to share their opinions. A lot of interviews typically consist of the hiring manager asking all of the questions and the candidate answering back with planned answers, but that’s not the case when it comes to a candidate who is passionate about the job.
Look for people who aren’t afraid to share their opinions, whether it has to do with their personal assessment of the industry, how they believe they can enhance your company, and more. An interview with them should feel like you are being interviewed by the candidate as well.
- They make a great sell. Above all, a candidate who is passionate about the position is also more likely to try to sell themselves (i.e. their qualities and characteristics) compared to the average candidate. This is a good sign because it shows that they are persistent and truly believe they are the right candidate for the job. That kind of drive is a great quality to have in any employee.