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How to Spot Your Next Rock Star Employee

Posted By Laurie A. Pehar Borsh, Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Heard that before, right?  Well, there is a reason for that: because this advice is valid.


Having the right team on board can take your company to the next level and bring huge success – just like how hiring the wrong people can slow down your progress and sometimes, shut down your business.


You also probably see everyday businesses having enormous success, despite the odds against them, and businesses that struggle when they have everything! The difference between the two is the people! With the right people beside you, you can do anything. Right? 


That's all great, but how do you find the right kind of "rock star employees" who can catapult your business? It starts with the recruitment process, but that still takes having some skill and attention in the mix to be able to to identify the candidates who have that rock star potential.


The Four Qualities of a Rock Star Employee:

1. Strength of Character and Determination

You can often uncover someone's potential simply with examining the way they handled tough situations in their previous jobs.


It's not the situation itself that can determine if you're interviewing your next rock star, but the tactics the employee used to handle a difficult situation.


What was he or she thinking when making that particular decision, what are his or her goals and what did he or she learn from that particular experience?


All these questions give you a some insight into his way of thinking and if he has the ability to get things done. This will help you decide if he's the right person for your own business.


2. Curiosity

Curiosity is never out of fashion. A person who has the curiosity to discover information beyond his or her job description or to continually learn new skills, is the one you need on your team.


It's difficult to assess how curious someone is in an interview. However, if you pay attention to the questions he or she asks about your company, your business strategy and where you plan to take the company, you can quickly decide if the potential candidate is really interested and passionate about your business – or is just courteous.


3. Passion


With so much noise around you and so many things to do and think about, you need to make sure to surround yourself with passionate people.


Passionate people dedicate themselves to your business, find solutions, think things through and see things ahead of time. These are the rock stars you need on your team.


4. Empathy and Teamwork


We live in a collaborative world, where the work of a team can make or break a business.


You want your rock star employees to work in teams, to be part of the team and to have empathy. You want them to understand and collaborate with their teams, to prove they put themselves in others' shoes before making a decision. These types of employees pay attention and encourage teamwork. In other words, you want your rock star employees to show leadership skills and inspire people.


Finding your next rock star employee is never easy. It requires a lot of work on your part, an understanding and a clear vision of where you want to take your business – and the people you need beside you.



About the Author

ARS is a background screening company known for delivering robust and comprehensive background check services. Our clients include local government, healthcare, technology and banking organizations. 


ARS has established integrations with leading HR technologies for a seamless hiring experience.  As a result, clients gain more insight into their applicant's background, eliminate inefficiencies and vastly improve time to hire.




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