How to hire engaged employees

Study finds six traits that make an employee 14 times more likely to be engaged
||Last Updated: 03/07/2006

Interviewers often focus on experience and skills while overlooking a candidate’s motivation and potential to be an engaged employee. Not surprisingly then, nearly one half of managers surveyed in 2004 said that a candidate's personality in the interview and on the job were completely different.

A combination of six characteristics, easily measured in pre-employment tests, can actually predict which candidates will be more engaged on the job, a new study by Development Dimensions International (DDI) found.

“Measuring and selecting an engaged candidate is like hiring the caterpillar who turns into a butterfly — not the moth who eats away the fabric of your organization,” said Jocelyn Berard, managing director of DDI Canada.