What Google Found about GPA’s, Credentials and Certifications—Part 2

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In our last blog post, we addressed the key trait that Google found that was epic in identifying great employees.  This trait trumped grade point averages, credentials, licenses and professional certifications.

The trait that Google now seeks when they hire a new employee—PASSION!  Does an employee have PASSION for what it is that he/she is going to be asked to do at the company?  This is a trait that you can measure in any new candidate for employment—how PASSIONATE are they to work for your firm?

OK, how do you do that?  Well, let’s explore—

  1. Does the candidate know your company?  Do they seem conversant with what you do and how you do it?  Are they eager to join the team and make a contribution?


  1. Does the candidate ask good, solid questions that demonstrate an understanding of your firm, what the firm does and how they will be able to fit in?
  2. Is the candidate enthusiastic, eager and willing to do “whatever it takes” to get the job done, regardless of what those tasks might be?  If the answer is YES here, as well as YES to the other questions above, then the candidate should be strongly considered for your firm.
  3. If the candidate fails to exude enthusiasm, interest and passion for the position, seems to not have any interest, is more “looking for a job” than really wanting to join the team and make a difference, then, perhaps, this is a candidate that you may wish to allow to seek other opportunities.

Passion is the key to success in today’s highly competitive job environment.  We tell that to our executive coaching clients all the time.  If you find a passionate job candidate, you will normally find a passionate and fully productive worker!

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