Beyond paper credentials
THIS WEEK’S TOPIC When hiring executive staff, how open would you be, as an employer, to ditching altogether academic qualifications as an indicator of cognitive ability and potential? How would you assess an aspiring employee?
IN our business, the ability to build relationships with our stakeholders is very important. Thus, apart from intelligence and cognitive ability, we are always looking for how much EQ – Emotional and Empathy Quotient – a person possesses. The person has to be “people intelligent” and not only “book intelligent”.
We are also looking for talent with an internal locus of control. Someone who is not a believer that he/she can “make things happen” will be less of a problem solver and will be relatively less effective at work. We also look for talent who are highly self-initiated and motivated. They are always up to something, curious about something, and working on a self-initiated project. And honestly, these traits are caught, and not taught in school.
This article is featured in The Business Times on 27 May 2018.