Hiring high potential staff

Hiring high potential staff


Your business is only as good as your staff, which is why you want to hire high potential employees. You may find it hard to spot a high potential candidate in an interview.

Our tips will tell you what to look for and ask when you are recruiting.

High potential employee traits
A common set of characteristics can identify high potential employees. These candidates will:

  • Have leadership qualities
  • Take on extra responsibility
  • Be team players
  • Think outside the box
  • Solve problems
  • Have a passion for their industry

Spotting high potential employees in an interview
In an interview, you can identify an employee with these high potential traits by:

  • Asking about their goals, to assess ambition
  • Asking about industry current events, to see if they are passionate about this area of work
  • Listening to the questions they ask you, to judge their interest in the position
  • Asking about prior challenges they overcame, to provide you with evidence of their problem-solving skills
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If you believe the matters discussed above are relevant to your business, please contact Darren Smith of our office to discuss further.


Darren is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience, including working in the big 4 and medium sized firms before becoming a partner of a city based firm in 2000.

He has gained much experience and has extensive knowledge in providing business and taxation advice, superannuation planning, negotiation of sales and acquisitions of businesses and property development. His client base covers a wide range of industry groups.

Darren works with business owners to grow their businesses and create personal wealth within and outside of their business.


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