There are lots of ways that an employee can differentiate themselves from the pack when competing for a job.
They can dress to impress.
They can bring a great attitude.
They can demonstrate their concern and involvement for those less fortunate.
They can be well prepared, having studied before arriving for an interview.
All of these attributes can be cultivated and demonstrated by anybody.
One other readily learned skill, that is a clear differentiator, and perhaps not appreciated enough, is an attention to detail.
“A man’s accomplishments in life are the cumulative effect of his attention to detail.” John Foster Dulles
It is fairly easy to test, by having a candidate complete some company forms that might be a little complex.
It could be tested by providing some instructions to be followed, that contain a few small “traps” for the individual who “skims”.
Consider the implications of hiring people that have NO attention to detail.
You need to compensate for them with others who catch their mistakes.
A small error or omission in a contract could cost your company a significant amount.
Failing to meet client expectations because the details were not understood could cost clients.
In extreme cases a plane might fall out of the sky or a car’s brakes might fail.
“Success in any endeavor requires single-minded attention to detail and total concentration.” Willie Sutton
To the hiring manager I would suggest implementing some simple tests to ensure your candidates can demonstrate their attention to detail
To anyone … I would suggest cultivating a habit of paying attention to the details, it will serve you well.