According to Laszlo Bock, the guy at Google in charge of people, here are some things they look for:
- Cognitive ability – a person with learning ability and who can process information on the fly; these people are innately curious
- Emergent Leadership – a person who can step in and lead when necessary or can recognize when to step back and let someone else lead.
- Humility and ownership – a person who has a feeling of responsibility and is willing to step in and solve any problem; or know when to step back and embrace the better ideas of others. Without humility they believe people are unable to learn.
Bock says, “the end goal is to have a person who thinks;
what can we do together to problem-solve?”
They don’t want people who think they are so smart they believe if something good happens it’s because of them and if something bad happens it was something else that caused it.
They want people who fiercely defend a position but when new information is presented that may prove their position wrong, they admit that they’re wrong and you’re right.