Evaluating a Candidate Based on Enthusiasm

July 17th, 2015

You can conduct an interview as an exercise in checking off boxes: look for a candidate with the appropriate academic background, the right buzzwords and acronyms on their resume, the right number of years of experience for a junior or senior position. You’ll end up with someone who can do the job, but you might be better off with someone who really wants the job. How do you find someone with a passion for the job? Look for interviewees who:

Bring positive energy to the interview. They look you in the eye and sit forward on the edge of their seat. They make the interview a conversation, rather than an interrogation; they are enthusiastic about themselves and their abilities.

Have done research about the job and the company. They can explain what they can bring to the role and contribute right away. They describe how they can go beyond the job description to offer value.

Have a vision for their future. They’re not surprised when they’re asked where they seem themselves in five or 10 years. They can explain how the position they’re interviewing for fits into their career path.

Have examples of how they’ve taken initiative or been proactive solving problems in the past. Whatever the responsibilities of the current position, you want someone who can step up and tackle the challenges without needing to be directed.

Have learned new technical skills outside their current job. Because technology changes constantly, it’s crucial for technical employees to be able to learn and adapt to new technologies.

Have passions outside of work. Find out about their hobbies and how they pursue them and improve their skills. That same energy and drive can transfer to the office.

Have used their enthusiasm and abilities to support others. Passionate employees help others achieve success, both at work and outside.

Have achieved work-life balance. Well-rounded employees who address personal needs as well as business needs are more likely to stay enthusiastic and less likely to burn out.

If you need to find qualified candidates who bring enthusiasm to their work, contact us. InReach IT Solutions will help you find strong employees who are passionate about getting the job done.