For your next hire, look out for the candidate with a growth mindset.

In her famous book “Mindset”, Carol Dweck describes the two different mindsets – fixed vs growth – and how each shapes the growth potential of a person.

One with a fixed mindset believes that intelligence is static and leads to a desire to look smart. A person would tend to avoid challenges, quit easily, see effort as a waste of time, ignore useful criticism, and feel threatened by the success of others. In a way, he would preserve this “smartness” and halt his own potential to grow.

A person with growth mindset believes that intelligence can be developed, leading to a desire to learn and to embrace challenges, display persistence, see effort as the path to mastery, learn from criticism, and find inspiration from the success of others.

A person with growth mindset assumes more control of their life and is able to reach higher potential.

In your next interview, ask about their biggest past challenge in life and probe on how they handled it. You can determine the candidate’s mindset very easily.


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