They are called hi-po’s. High potential individuals. We often have a hiring need NOW, but we really want a candidate with the potential to grow, grow and grow some more. These individuals, sought by every company, have the potential to make or break the organization.
We want candidates with potential. How do we spot potential?
- Oh, I know ’em when I see ’em.
- Reminds me of me, when I was young.
- Fast talker, fast tracker.
- Sometimes, I can just see it in their eyes.
I will never make a hiring decision, or a promotion decision based on anything other than evidence. No assumptions, no hunches, no hopes.
Some might say then, I will pass over those with high potential, because potential is always on the come. Potential is only a future possibility.
I will never make a hiring decision based on anything other than evidence. If I am looking for someone with potential, I look for evidence of potential. Two things – error rate and deadlines.
Low error rate and always meets deadlines, potential.
High error rate, frequently late, next candidate, please.