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Ways to spot a leader in candidate selection process at work

Mar 12, 2018 18:14 IST
    Tips to identify great leaders in the selection process at work
    Tips to identify great leaders in the selection process at work

    Searching, hiring and training new professionals cost a sizable amount of money and time to the companies. Due to this, most of them prefer to hire those candidates who are already trained and have leadership qualities. Genuinely, the candidates who possess leadership qualities are always upbeat about the future and can quickly gel in a new organization. They can innovate, ideate new strategies and tactics; and mobilize people around them to move forward to achieve the goal while keeping an eye on the horizon of the success. In simple words, leadership qualities are important for the success of a company. But, it’s an uphill task to identify a leader; especially in a short-duration candidate selection screening. In this article, we will explain how leadership qualities can easily be identified even during a short-duration of candidate selection process.

    Engagement in online conversations in the area of their expertises

    Generally, the candidates who possess leadership qualities and want to become a leader are always keen to improve their knowledge, skills, and expertise required for their career growth. For it, they tend to discuss the important things related to their field of expertise on every possible platform; either it’s on social networking sites or it’s in a group discussion of their colleagues. To conduct an insightful research on social media accounts like Facebook, and LinkedIn, one can easily ascertain whether a candidate is engaged in a discussion on the important things related to his field of expertise or not. And, if he/she is really engaged in such discussions then he/she might become able to lead a team in your organization.

    Leaders prefer to inquire about opportunity directly

    The potential candidates know and understand what kind of knowledge, skills, and expertise they need to incorporate in order to keep up their growth as well as the targeted company. In case they possess the required skills, knowledge, and expertise, they prefer more to ask prospective employers directly for a job opportunity rather than waiting for the company to approach potential candidates through job boards or consultant agencies. On another hand, the candidates who lack skills, knowledge, expertise and leadership skills generally dare not to ask anything directly to an employer or a hiring manager. Instead, they fearfully try to escape lengthy and long discussions with employers. Keeping these facts in your mind, one can easily identify a leader even among several candidates.

    Future leaders follow industry influencers on social media sites

    Most of the professionals prefer to research the company’s websites as a part of the preparation when they are invited for a job interview. But, few of them who really want to achieve something in the industry, are always keen to know the new things about the company and industry. For it, they use every possible resource; either company’s website or the social media account. They even follow the social media account of their dream companies where they want to work, uses to make preparation in order to realize their dream. This behavioral pattern would help anyone to identify a candidate who is having leadership qualities that could help to select a right and deserving candidate win the company. 

    Leaders have the propensity to develop contacts

    A leader is naturally a very social person who tends to meet new people, build new relations and develop contacts. It helps in many ways. For example, you can ask for details related to a particular business event of a company, if you have developed a close relationship with one of its employees. Under the light of this fact, one can easily spot a candidate with leadership personality traits.   

    They know to mobilize others

    “Every successful professional can’t be a good leader but every good leader is surely a successful professional,” This line points out that one requires something more to become a leader in comparison to what is required to become a successful professional. While a successful professional is motivated, energetic, and punctual at work, a leader mobilizes professionals for that. If one can’t mobilize other, he/she can’t become a good leader. With the help of this fact, one can easily identify a leader. 


    In a short duration of the candidate selection process, it’s an uphill task to identify a candidate who is possessing leadership qualities. But by observing behavioral pattern with social media, new people, and team members, one can easily identify a leader. In this article, we have explained how one can identify a leader. It would help you to select a right and an efficient one in candidate selection process which could ensure success and growth of your organization.

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