In our search for my new assistant, we quickly realized that conventional methods and job descriptions weren’t attracting the right types of candidates. We could attract people who had the qualifications, but it was difficult to gauge whether or not their values and principles align with ours. Finding candidates with the right mind-set – who are happy, healthy and create their own reality – is extremely important to us.
I recently read an article in The Globe and Mail that made me realize our company is not the only one that does this. It noted that in a recent survey, 92 percent of respondents from thousands of companies choose candidates based on mind-set rather than skill set. Our company, along with thousands of others, wants candidates who fit well within the company culture. While we can teach a person new skills, we can’t change their personality or values.