That’s an interesting quality.
We’d probably want a soldier to be fearless, or at least as close to fearless as possible.
If an entrepreneur is embarking on a new activity, being fearless has its advantages there, right?
But, for our everyday applicants, is fearless a quality we’re interested in?
Let’s look at a definition of fearless : not afraid of anything. With synonyms of brave, courageous, bold, daring, adventurous.
I do like those synonyms!
If you’re looking for someone to just get the work done — and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that — then fearless isn’t a critical quality.
But if we’re looking for someone to make a breakthrough for us, in the areas of marketing or sales, for instance, then someone bold and daring may be exactly what we’re looking for.
What if we wanted a supervisor or office manager who never backed off from handling a situation in their area? Someone who always rolled up their sleeves, waded in and located what needed to be addressed and got it resolved? What if we wanted that kind of manager?
If so, then “fearless” would be an asset, right?
So how do we locate this quality in people? A simple, direct approach would be:
“Bob, tell me some things that you’re afraid of.”
Most of the time Bob will give you some things that he’s afraid of.
A fearless Bob, however, may say, “well, there really isn’t anything that scares me.”
The key to this answer is: Did Bob deliver it quickly and easily? Did he deliver it without the slightest flinch?
In a number of earlier tips, I’ve mentioned this ability that you want to be continuing to develop:
The ability to observe when your applicant is easily answering a question and there is no “flinch.”
I think you know what I mean by “flinch.” When someone answers a question with complete comfort, you are likely getting a candid answer.
If you’re hiring for a position that requires a bold and daring approach, zeroing in on “fearless” may get you just what you need.
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