Looking for clues in a job applicant's past that might predict his or her future performance? Here's an unusual one.
After hiring many of the more than 70 employees for Super Wash Inc., her car-wash chain in Morrison, Ill., Mary Black has found 4-H and Scouting experience to be two of the more reliable tip-offs to likely roll-up-the-sleeves workers -- and ones with leadership abilities to boot.
"Scouts know how to work with a team and be independent at the same time," she says. "And 4-H members are used to keeping detailed records of their projects. My head accountant is a 4-Her, and she's incredible." Recently, Black hired an Eagle Scout to be quality-control inspector. And she herself was a Senior Girl Scout.
When it dawned on Black that many of her best workers had the Scouting/4-H experience in common, she began looking for it. And though she's quick to point out that hiring decisions aren't based on that rÃ©sumÃ© item alone, she claims it has yet to steer her wrong.
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