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Growth versus Fixed Mindsets: Identifying Your Ideal Leadership

We believe mindsets are a critical factor of any candidate’s suitability, and strive to help our clients learn more about them. Today, let’s compare and contrast two types: growth mindsets and fixed mindsets.

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If you’re looking to hire a manager, senior manager or executive, Local Workforce Hire can help you find the right candidate. We take pride in our meticulous approach to sourcing, screening and identifying talent for our clients.

We believe that mindset is just as important as skill set when it comes to hiring the right candidate. When we work with you, we’ll ask you about the type of mindset you’re looking for. There are at least 8 different mindsets that we can attract, but today we will discuss just two of them: growth mindsets and fixed mindsets. We will first go over the basics of what constitutes either mindset, before examining some key observations and considerations you can make to assess a candidate’s mindset while hiring.

What are Growth Mindsets and Fixed Mindsets?

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Qualities of a Fixed Mindset

  • Believes that abilities and intelligence are static traits
  • Tends to avoid challenges, give up easily, or see effort as fruitless
  • Views failures as a reflection of one’s inherent abilities

Qualities of a Growth Mindset

  • Believes that abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work
  • Embraces challenges, persists in the face of setbacks, and sees effort as the path to mastery
  • Views failures as opportunities for learning and improvement

These two mindsets are very different, even though both candidates may be affordable and highly presentable.

How to Identify a Candidate’s Mindset During the Hiring Process

It’s important to identify and assess a candidate’s belief system before making a firm decision about hiring them. We believe that this approach helps us find the right person for the job and ensures our clients are satisfied with their new hire.

Here are some considerations and potential interview questions when assessing mindset during the hiring process:

1. Identifying A Growth Mindset

  • Ask about past experiences where the candidate faced challenges or failures. How did they handle these situations, and what did they learn from them?
  • Enquire about instances where the candidate had to acquire new skills or knowledge. How did they go about the learning process, and what were the outcomes?
  • Explore their approach to feedback. Are they open to constructive criticism, and how do they use feedback to improve?

2. Identifying A Fixed Mindset

  • Enquire about situations where the candidate faced setbacks or failures. Pay attention to whether they attribute these failures solely to their abilities or if they recognize external factors.
  • Ask about their willingness to take on challenging tasks or projects. Do they tend to avoid challenges, or are they eager to embrace growth opportunities?
  • Explore their attitude towards continuous learning and development. Are they resistant to acquiring new skills or knowledge?

3. Probing for Mindset Alignment with Company Values

  • Discuss the company’s values and culture. Ask the candidate how their mindset aligns with these values and how they see themselves contributing to a growth-oriented environment.
  • Enquire about their long-term career goals and how they perceive their professional development. Look for indicators of a proactive and growth-oriented mindset.

4. Applying Scenario-Based Questions

  • Present hypothetical scenarios related to the role and industry, and ask how the candidate would approach and navigate these challenges. This can reveal their problem-solving skills, resilience, and adaptability.
  • Explore how they handle ambiguity and uncertainty. A growth mindset is often associated with a comfort level in dealing with the unknown.

5. Inferring Mindset Through Reference Checks

  • When conducting reference checks, ask previous employers or colleagues about the candidate’s approach to challenges, adaptability, and willingness to learn and grow. This can provide you with a fully unbiased perspective on the candidate’s behaviour and mindset, so you can reach the most objective conclusion possible.
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Learn Mindset Mastery with Local Workforce Hire

By incorporating questions and assessments that delve into mindset during the hiring process, you can gain valuable insights into a candidate’s approach to professional development, resilience, and adaptability. This can contribute to making more informed decisions about whether a candidate is the right fit for a managerial or executive role within your organisation.

Here at Local Workforce Hire, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive understanding of different mindsets, our ability to deftly identify the right candidate with the right mindset for your vacancy or role, and our affordable, fair fees. Our fixed fee of $5,000 stands in stark contrast to the percentage-based models prevalent in the industry. We don’t influence employers to pay higher annual salaries to bolster our revenue stream. Instead, we focus on genuine partnerships, ensuring that the cost of talent acquisition aligns with the actual value of the role and the candidate.

Contact us at 1300 562 250 to discuss your needs.

Curious about expanding your knowledge about in the workplace? Read more about “the benefits of growth mindsets“, or “how to deal with a reactive mindset“.

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