Guy reaching top of mountain The mission at GDI Talent Acquisition Practice is to be a “trusted and essential resource, and client and candidate partner in the talent acquisition process.” Many recruiting practices fail to set aside the necessary time to thoroughly screen and evaluate candidates. It’s no longer just about finding potentially qualified candidates; it’s about confirming that the candidate can actually carry out the technical aspects of the position as well as ensuring that they are a strong organizational fit. Using proven assessment and evaluation instruments, GDI’s Talent Acquisition Practice specializes in matching the most qualified candidates with each position we are engaged to fill. We help good people find good jobs!

With 30 years of consultancy experience at GDI Consulting & Training Company and over six years of deliberate research into the field of talent acquisition in the manufacturing and distribution industries; we have identified 18 critical professional competencies and personal qualities that every great candidate should possess. GDI Talent Acquisition Practice believes that recruiting is serious business! Every candidate will go through a rigorous research-backed methodology that measures the 18 professional competencies and personal qualities that we have identified.

Although all 18 professional competencies and personal qualities that we have identified are essential. We have discovered that the first seven are by far the strongest predictors of future job success. These are:

  1. Technical competency
  2. Critical thinking skills
  3. Communication skills
  4. Personal initiative
  5. Curiosity
  6. Imagination
  7. Creativity

We have found through research, that if a candidate is not high on these competencies and characteristics – they will be unlikely to succeed in the types of high-level management positions that we are hiring for. Only about 75% of potential candidates make it through our technical competency interview!

In this new series of blogs, entitled, What We Look For In Top Job Seekers, over the next few weeks we will break down the importance of each critical competency and personal quality as well as important Leadership indicators.

Personal Initiative

We value candidates who have a disproportionate high-level of self-initiative and self-learning. We value individuals who know how to get started and know how to start others. We value individuals who have demonstrated continued learning in their profession. We value individuals who have advanced in their career with increasing responsibility. We look for candidates who are truly interested in what is going on in their industry. Candidates who have high levels of personal initiative often ask questions like: What are the current trends in my industry? How can I self-learn to not only help myself but to improve the operations at my organization?

We also want people who have and are living a life of intent. What are the candidate’s personal goals?  What are they trying to accomplish in life? Does this job position help them get to where they want to be on a personal level? We want to know some of the types of decisions candidates made in their 20’s, and how these have shaped who they are today.

Examples of how we measure Personal Initiative:

  1. What was the last non-business activity you were passionate about? How did you get started with this passion?
  2. We listen closely to responses to get an impression of whether or not the Candidate seems to have just drifted through life, or has a habit of making deliberate choices to better themselves and the position that they are in.

Looking for the best!

We take a very systematic approach to the interviewing process to discover which candidates are truly qualified for the positions our clients are hiring for. If a candidate does not meet the requirements for the position that the client has set forth – in a dignified and respectful manner, we will let that candidate know that they are not a fit for the position and organization.

As a commitment to our mission in being a partner in the talent acquisition process for clients and candidates, we will help those candidates that are open to improving their knowledge and skills (Personal Initiative!) Candidates who we feel do not possess the level of job competency that the position calls for will receive a personalized memo about their specific areas of improvement. We will gladly spend time to help guide the Candidate towards the right resources so that he or she can self-learn and develop. We believe in doing the right thing for every single candidate that works with GDI Talent Acquisition Practice.

With that said, if you are any one of the following individuals, we ask that you contact us immediately:

  • You are in the top 2% of your respective field
  • If you want to discreetly look for a new job and don’t want your resume public
  • If you are serious about moving up in your career
  • If you would like more information about our organization or our methodology

If you would like to learn more about how the data collected throughout our interview and evaluation process on competency, personal qualities, and leadership indicators makes it into our final report, please download a copy here. Every finalist candidate receives a copy of their personalized detailed report, even if they are not selected by our client.

We look forward to hearing from you and learning about your background and experiences.