Mary Laschinger the CEO of Veritiv Corporation, in a recent interview with the New York Times, revealed the three things she looks for in recruiting.
The first quality she looks for is what values the candidates have. Laschinger explained: “Are they a team player? Are they an egomaniac? Are they here to help the enterprise succeed? Will they help their colleagues succeed? Or is it just about them and their team?”
The second thing Laschinger looked for was if the candidates are willing to learn new skills and grow in their roles. She said: ”We need people who are willing to learn and grow and adapt. We can’t teach willingness. They have to want to adjust.”
The third thing Laschinger looks at is the candidate’s technical skills. She explained: “We can teach them any number of things, but we can’t teach them a willingness to learn, nor can we teach them their values.”
She said: “I’ll ask how they get things done. I want specifics. Did they engage across the organisation? What did they have to do to get it done? Tell me about some successes with people specifically, good outcomes and bad outcomes. I’ll ask about their willingness to take on different assignments they’ve had. Why did you do that? What did you learn?”
Gary Smith, the Chief Executive at Ciena, an American broadband and telecommunications company, revealed his one question in a recent interview with the New York Times.
He said: “I tend to focus more on whether the person is the right fit for the company.”
Smith asks all candidates one question: “How can I tell if you’re having a bad day, and how does that manifest itself?”
Smith explained: “They often pause at first, and I’ve heard a variety of responses. If they say they become quiet, then I’ll ask, ‘Tell me what comes next? How do you deal with it? Do you walk away from the issue?’
“And I’ll drill down on that, because it leads to a lot of good discussions around what motivates them, and what they enjoy about their work and what they don’t like about it.”
Karen Davis, Vice President of Global Philanthropy and Social Impact at Hasbro, speaking to Business Insider, revealed the key question she uses to gauge candidates with “a true sense of passion and purpose”.
“What is your favourite quote?”
While there’s no right answer, she is looking for candidates with an answer.
She said: “I think it’s just one little way of seeing whether this is really part of someone’s soul. Have they really been following any of these great leaders and trying to understand what made them great?.. You think about the great leaders in this world, and the ones that we remember most are the ones who have really put themselves out there, trying to invoke change… I want to see that somebody has been looking for sources of inspiration. Winners make it happen; losers let it happen.”