Finding a candidate that will be the right fit can sometimes take a bit of work, but when you find the one, it makes the search worthwhile, but how can you tell what a person can bring to the workplace from an application and a brief interview?
The news is full of inspirational teams and individuals, and if you take a closer look at their achievements, you can see what traits they hold. Who knows, it might make you take a closer look at your candidates?
Here is just a few of the people that are inspiring us this month and the traits they possess that you should seek in your candidates:
With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics upon us, all eyes will be on Katie Grimes. The 15-year-old recently qualified for the U.S swim team after finishing second in the Women’s 800m freestyle at the U.S Olympic Trials finishing six seconds behind first place, Katie Ledecky.
Katie Grimes is the youngest qualifier for the U.S swim team in nine years since Katie Ledecky qualified for the 2012 London Olympics. After a disappointing swim in the first qualifier where Katie lost vital time, she refocused and dug deep to take an impressive six seconds off her personal best and secured her spot in Tokyo.
Trait to look out for: Katie Grimes’ passion, focus and determination shone through during the U.S Olympic Trials becoming the youngest person to qualify for the team in nine years. Training to be an Olympian is tough at the best of times, but when you throw in schoolwork too, you must be able to stay organised, focused, and remain calm under immense pressure.
London Marathon Events Runners
The London Marathon organisers were forced to rethink the 2020 event due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead of cancelling the event outright, they moved to a virtual marathon. A record 37,966 participants completed the gruelling 26.2-mile run, earning the London Marathon a Guinness World Record title for the ‘Most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours.’
In a year when the fundraising industry took a significant hit, organisers announced that through all the virtual events held by London Marathon events during 2020, more than £50 million was raised in total, with £36.3 million coming from the Marathon itself.
Trait to look out for: Every single person who ran the London Marathon would have spent months training for the event – taking to the outdoors or personal treadmills while gyms remained closed. The focus and dedication to stick to a vigorous training routine during a global pandemic are traits to be admired – especially when most of the world sat back working their way through Netflix!
Richard Simpson was classified legally blind after losing 80% of vision in his right eye due to degenerative glaucoma two years ago. Despite his sight being severely impacted, on May 21st, Richard set off to walk the length of the country. The end-to-end trail is approximately 1200 miles when walking, with Richard starting at John O’Groats. Battling freezing temperatures, uneven terrain and painful blisters Richard has pushed on with his goal to reach Land’s End. While undertaking the strenuous walk, Richard is also raising money for the Royal National Institute of Blind People, the charity he credits with helping him adjust to his new life.
Trait to look out for: Richard Simpson’s decision to walk the length of Great Britain is inspirational especially as he tackles the majority of the walk independently. Through self-motivation and independence, Richard is showing the world that when you put your mind to something, you can achieve anything.
In his own words, “If a severely sight impaired person can walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End, then that just shows people what we’re capable of. Just because you’ve lost your sight, it doesn’t mean you can’t do anything.”
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