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Hiring Top Performers: The primary indicator of success

Posted by Erin Borgerson on July 2, 2013

Chances are you've never heard the term Locus of Control before. That's ok, even some of us Hireologists didn't know what it was. Luckily, our product development director Margot Nash has us covered. 

hiring for successSo, what exactly is LOC? In psychology terms, it is "the extent to which individuals believe that they can control events that affect them." In hiring terms, determining whether a job candidate or current employee has an internal or external LOC can help predict their success within a given role. 

It sounds more complicated than it really is, so try thinking about it this way: Would you rather hire a candidate that is proactive and takes ownership of outcomes or someone who blames those around them for negative results? You would probably pick the first candidate, right? Well those attributes are associated with having an internal Locus of Control, whereas the latter are said to have an external LOC.

When hiring, looking for traits associated with internal LOC can help determine the likelihood of a candidate being successful within the role. So before you make any more hiring decisions, be sure to read "Hiring Top Performers: The primary indicator of success."


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Erin Borgerson

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Erin is the Director of Marketing, Crisis Controller and Culture Ambassador (the last two titles she gave to herself) who joined the Hireology team in April of 2012. As a certified Inbound Marketer, Erin manages Hireology's marketing department, the Hireology Blog, and media relations. She is also a co-leader of the Chicago Hubspot User Group which brings together Hubspot users from around the Chicagoland area. Erin set off to Chicago after graduating from Western Michigan University. In her spare time she can be found shaking it in a Zumba class, reading a bestseller, or drinking a craft beer on her Wrigleyville porch.