What is Top Talent Ability in a Candidate?

Define Success so that your top talent can hit the bullseye every time

We frequently get this question from CEOs, Key Executives, and Hiring Managers. Many Hiring Executives and Managers, Human Resource Professionals, and Recruiters consider the ability to measure top talent as an art form elevated to almost spiritual levels.

The reality is that the ability to measure and assess whether a candidate is top talented individual is simple and straightforward.

Let’s start with the very first step of determining whether you’re sitting in front of a candidate who could be considered top talent. This step takes place before you’ve looked at their resume. This is the first step of our Success Factor Methodology.

The first step to measuring and predicting top talent is defining your expectations and the level of performance you desire. Do you have set of expectations for your new customer service rep, inventory manager, or Vice President of Sales that puts them in the top 25%, top 10%, or top 5%?

You cannot predict future success by interviewing a candidate until you first define what level of success do you desire.

The #1 Hiring Mistake that gets made by most companies (whether you have 6 employees or 60,000) is that future success is not defined. We documented this hiring mistake in a major study before we wrote our book “You’re NOT the Person I Hired.” You can download a copy of the study from the FREE Resources Section of our Website.

Instead of defining expectations that are quantifiable and time-based, most companies use a traditional job description to evaluate a candidate’s ability to do the job. The traditional Job Description is worthless as a predictive tool for analyzing and projecting future performance and success.

Resources to Learn About Defining Success

Learn more about how to define success for top talent by visiting our website and taking advantage of the following Resources:

  1. Our Internet Radio Show every Monday alternates between topics for hiring and for job search. We post all our Radio Broadcasts onto our website into the FREE Audio Library – either on the Hiring Manager side of our website or on the Candidate side.
  2. Get a copy of our book “You’re NOT the person I Hired”. This book has hit best-seller levels with over 10,000 copies now in the hands of CEOs. Key Executives, and Hiring Managers.
  3. We have posted examples of Success Factor Snapshots from various Executive Searches we’ve conducted. These Success Factor Snaphots replace the traditional job description in combining the expected/desired results for a specific position.
  4. A couple times a month we will hold Hiring Manager Open Roundtable Discussions on a wide variety of topics, including defining success for top talent. You’re welcome to register and reserve a spot in these FREE programs. We cap the attendance at 50 participants and it usually fills up within hours our announcements.
  5. Read about the Research Project we commissioned before we wrote our book on the Top Ten Hiring Mistakes. You’ll see how NOT defining expectations is a recipe for hiring failure.
  6. Get our Complete Hiring System – a comprehensive Kit that allows you to implement the Success Factor Methodology, stuffed with every conceivable audio, video, worksheet, template, and content we’ve published on the subject of how to raise hiring accuracy. You can use this kit to train your hiring managers, raise hiring accuracy for every position, and begin to hire top talent in every department in your company. For a small investment, this could possibly yield a greater return in improving your hiring processes than anything else you ever seen. We’re so confident of the claim that you’ll raise hiring accuracy in your company – we’re willing to back it up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If that’s not enough, we’ll let you “try it out” for $2.49 plus shipping.


Barry Deutsch

About the Author

Barry Deutsch is a founding Partner of IMPACT Hiring Solutions, co-author of "You're NOT the Person I Hired", and "This is NOT the Position I Accepted". Barry is an award-winning international speaker, retained executive recruiter, and expert on hiring and retaining top talent, and executive job search.

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