AMERICAN PICKERS: High Role Awareness and Job Engagement in Action - What it Means and How to Hire For It
Mike and Frank demonstrate high job engagement and role awareness. They are the main characters in the popular History Channel Reality TV Show, American Pickers, where they share their adventures as they roam around the country looking for jewels in junk.
When I watch the show I see more than ‘dumpster diving’ --- I see a living breathing example of an important internal dimension/skill that leads to high performance – a trait found in ALL high performers: High Role Awareness and Job Engagement.
When a person has high Role Awareness and Job Engagement they are internally energized and 'in harmony' with their work. They are proud of what they do, they positively identify with it, and are eager and engaged.
Seeing High Job Engagement and Role Awareness In Action...
Watch this two minute video of “Pickers” Mike and Frank as they talk about their work. Notice how they identify with their work, are proud of it and even have their own terminology and philosophy about it.
Traits of Someone with High Role Awareness and Job Engagement:
Someone who has mastered skills associated with Role Awareness and Job Engagement:
Is proud of their work and serious about it, and because they are in alignment with their work they have fun and feel good when they do it.
Is resilient and bounces back quickly from stress and setbacks.
Is a good manager of their time and resources, and is a self-starter.
Is knowledgeable about, and comfortable with, their work role and duties.
Is confident enough in his or her role to take decisive action in uncertain situations.
Is secure enough to ask for clarification of roles and responsibilities if they are unclear.
Is attentive to both stated and unstated demands and expectations placed upon him or her.
Is confident that he or she can meet expectations with a clearly defined path toward success.
Aren’t these attributes what you’d like to see from everyone on your team?
Be an Interview 'Picker'...
Be an interview picker with nine interview questions for discerning whether a candidate has high role awareness and job engagement.
These attributes can be
developed in yourself in others, and other articles I will share tips
for development. But the ideal would be to hire people who already high in these areas.
I ALWAYS look for and measure these attributes in the Job Fit Candidate Assessments I conduct for clients. I want you to look for high role awareness and job engagement when you are interviewing and hiring by using use these nine interview questions.
Also,consider talking with me about how you can use our Superior Performance Assessment Process to measure this attribute, plus 30+ other important high performance attributes.
Ask your candidates all of the questions, below. Press for specifics. Listen aggressively for multiple examples and depth of answers. That's because, if a person is strong in an area they will be able to provide clear and rich answers and examples.
with me a time you have faced a great deal of personal criticism from
others. How did you handle it? Did you modify or change your position in
the face of this criticism?
2. Tell me about a specific setback you faced at work. How long did it take you to get past it? What did you do to recover?
3. Have you ever faced a day in which you just couldn’t get everything done that you had planned? How did you handle it?
have all had times where it was necessary to balance work and personal
or family time. Give me an example of a time when you had too many
things to do in both areas of your life and describe how you went about
prioritizing your time.
5. Give me an example of a time when you went and made something happen without much outside prodding.
6. How would you approach a new task that you’ve been assigned without being given much direction?
part of our reference checking, we will contact your former manager at
some point. What will he/she tell us about your capacity as a
self-starter? What example do you think your former manager will use to
illustrate his/her point?
8. Share with me 5 goals
you have previously set for yourself in your career. How many have you
accomplished? What have been the reasons for your successful completion
of them? How about those you have not completed?
there one thing in your life that you have accomplished that gives you
the most satisfaction? What is it? How tough was it to accomplish?
Superior Performers have high role awareness and are committed to their work. Start "picking" stars who already have it when you are interviews, and you are on your way to a highly productive and engaged workforce!