Top traits that execs look for in new hires
LOUGHNANE: “Across my career, I’ve largely asked the same two questions during an interview, which get at the heart of whether someone is ambitious. The first question I’ll ask is: What do you know about the company? You will quickly figure out if someone’s done their homework, and how much, by the depth they provide with narratives and anecdotes, which should come out if you have someone who’s inquisitive and intellectually curious. The second question is: What do you know about the job? You’ll get an idea if they know something about the job and can relate to the tasks. Hopefully, they’ll highlight elements that go beyond the expectations of the job that you will like. ”
TAYLOR: “Often, I’m across the interview table of someone who’s passionate about sports, but what does that mean? It’s great to be passionate about sports, but if you aren’t proficient in whatever that job is, you aren’t going to be successful. So you can be passionate about something, but make sure that you are proficient in it as well. In addition, when I am having conversations with my direct reports about hiring, I talk about ability vs. ambition. You may have the ability, but are you ambitious enough to do that job exceptionally well? If you don’t have that ambition, it is going to hold you back and hold our organization back. ”
LUUKKO: “I look real hard at work ethic. You can find out through an interview how hungry they are. What are you doing? What are you looking to do? The person who took six months off to go to Europe probably isn’t right for me. But the person who is looking for job while in school and is looking for a career in sports and understands it’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle, that is a better fit. It’s all about work ethic. I take for granted that you’re smart, but I need to see work ethic and that you are a team player. I’m a big believer that a lot of ex-athletes do well because they are team players. I don’t care if you’re the smartest person in the room, but if you can’t play well in the sandbox, then you are useless.”
Abraham D. Madkour can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.