Can you predict success? Well, it’s possible that we’ve been looking in the wrong places. A high IQ and elite education don’t necessarily equate to on the job success. There’s another factor that we should consider. Grit.
Grit is that factor that allows someone to continuously succeed, even in the face of adversity. It’s the ability to pick yourself up by the proverbial bootstraps to press forward when things don’t go your way. Grit surpasses natural ability and intelligence as the biggest differentiator in success.
So how do you find someone with these mythical powers? The next time you are filling an open position on your team, it could be beneficial to explore these simple interview questions:
- Tell me about your greatest failure?
- Follow up: How did you cope with it? Did it change you as a person?
- A person with grit will admit to their weaknesses and how they have overcome it to improve. Beware of someone who has never failed. They may be averse to change and risk…or they’re lying.
- Describe a time that you felt really stressed.
- Follow up: How did you cope? Can the stress be avoided in the future?
- A person with grit will discuss how they use their coping skills and keep a positive outlook. Beware of someone who still seems to be upset by the situation or seems to get stressed easily.
IQ and SAT scores aren’t a good indicator of someone’s future success. It’s because those scores are missing the most important part of the equation – the person’s effort level or what Duckworth calls their “grittiness” factor (their level of persistence and passion).