- On August 5, 2017
I have met with thousands of candidates, and employers rely on my judgment to send them good people to fill their roles. What are 4 signs someone is a star?
- Track record of success. I look at where they worked and how they did. Did they advise top clients on key business deals? Receive awards and promotions? I look at patterns in their career, e.g., if they are referred to each job by a former manager (that’s the best compliment for someone to know your work and want to work with you again) and how their responsibilities grew. Finally, I assess if candidates are articulate about their successes and if they seem collaborative.
- Their motivation. Candidates need to explain what they are looking for and why. What areas of law or technology excites them? What motivates them — is it money, growth, collaboration? If they do a bad job explaining to me, their employers will not persuaded either. Conversely, if they are positive people who want to provide the best service they can, I am wowed.
- Ease to work with. Do they treat me with respect? If they don’t, I doubt they know how to work with others. Do they know what I need and respond quickly and accurately? If they have a hard time communicating with me, I wonder how they listen to their clients and what kind of work product they are providing! I have noticed when I work with very successful attorneys, their humility and on-point responsiveness really stand out.
- Their reputation precedes them. I usually have heard of stars already by their peers, managers, and clients, long before they are looking for another job.