In talent acquisition we spend our time dealing with individuals, looking for personality and professional differences that set candidates apart, make them stand out and be the best candidate for that given role. However there are often certain traits that we look for in all candidates, things that the best candidates typically share.

One of the most evident is a growth mindset, something I see in almost all high potential talent. A growth mindset can be defined as “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”.

When our clients are looking for the best talent they are looking for talent that can do more than just perform in the role they have been recruited for, it’s about progression and the runway that a candidate has to progress through their organisation. The candidate that have a tick in this box regularly display a thirst for learning, demonstrate the ability to constantly evolve, learn new skills and work hard enough to deliver consistently in agile environments.

My advice to organisations is to use this as a real barometer when measuring high potential talent. In a post covid world, agility and the ability to adapt will be key components of a successful workforce. To potential candidates, think of how you can demonstrate an open mindset, both in and outside of work. It may not always be clear that interviewers are looking for you to demonstrate a growth mindset, but it can certainly make you stand out as a star of the future.