A business is only as good as its people, which means that whenever you’re recruiting a new candidate, you’re looking for someone awesome - the one that really stands out from the crowd. But it’s not always easy to tell who this may be, particularly when you’ve got a long list of potential candidates.
Now that we live in a digital world, however, we hear new stories of inspirational people from around the globe every day. And while you might not receive applications from those exact people, understanding the traits that make them so inspiring and looking for them in your candidates can help you to find truly awesome people.
Here’s just a few of the people that are inspiring us this week, and the traits they possess that you should seek in your candidates:
While England’s loss in the final of the rugby World Cup was disappointing for many Brits, it’s hard not to see it as a well-deserved win for South Africa - particularly once you’ve heard captain Siya Kolisi’s inspirational story. Kolisi was born to teenage parents in the poverty-stricken township of Zwide, and attended his first provincial rugby trials in boxer shorts, as he had no kit. His hard work and determination on the pitch saw him awarded a full scholarship to an exclusive private school, and led him to become the first black captain of the South African team.
Trait to look out for: When you’re looking for a candidate as awesome as Kolisi, you need to find someone with persistence and drive. You want your team to be able to overcome the challenges your business faces, rather than giving up at the first hurdle.
Stevie Bull - Pride of Britain
As a police officer, Stevie Bull has probably attended a number of unusual and unpredictable jobs - but when she found herself alone, facing a man threatening staff with a firearm at London’s University College Hospital, she was certainly taken by surprise. Despite being unarmed herself, Bull courageously tackled and detained the man until her colleagues arrived. This bravery has seen her nominated for a Pride of Britain Award.
Trait to look out for: While police officers often face uniquely stressful situations, you should be looking for candidates that can perform well under pressure regardless of the industry you’re operating in.
Reese Witherspoon is best known as an actress, but in recent years she’s been just as influential behind the camera. After deciding that she was, ‘sick of making movies where [she] was the only female lead on the set’, Witherspoon set up Hello Sunshine, a media brand and production company that focuses on highlighting and celebrating female stories. The company also runs a mentoring programme for aspiring young female filmmakers. Clearly, Witherspoon has had plenty of success of her own, but she’s determined to bring others up with her.
Trait to look out for: Look for candidates that can demonstrate that they’re a team player. A candidate can be awesome on their own, but if they can’t work well with their colleagues then the team won’t be working as well as it could be.
Trying to build an awesome team?
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