Jeff Bezos uses three simple questions to keep the bar raised for new hires who outperformed their predecessors. This creates a basic hiring matrix all hiring managers use to get new blood in with every new entry level job candidate. In this way, the company is proactive against getting too rigid as it grows bigger, and instead opts for more and more expansion. You can use the same approach to find star power for your business as well.
How to Find Top Performers
A fresh job graduate may end up revolutionizing your business, but when they first interview they may not have the skills that impress you to hire them immediately. So, how do you get insight into potential new hires when you're doing campus outreach? Ask yourself the same questions Jeff Bezos does.
1. Can You Admire Them?
If you find yourself admiring some aspect of a new hire, then that emotional impact may be a clear signal that there’s something more there. Dig a little deeper with the next two questions you can ask yourself.
2. Will Their Presence Raise a Group’s Effectiveness in Some Way?
Is there some way a group can perform better with this person in it? Is it a skill or characteristic your company lacks? Consider that there is strength in variety.
3. What Strengths Make This Person a Superstar?
This last question doesn’t just focus on job skills. It can be any facet of a person’s life where they are truly a superstar, even if that is merely being able to whistle the tune of a 3-part opera on command. You never know what makes a person truly stand out from the crowd, so find out during the interview.
The idea is to spot talent before your competition does, especially with new grad jobs that offer a starting opportunity for these unrecognized geniuses. Register with FirstJob.com to get a look at future job leaders as they’re just starting out.