A few employers have contacted me recently with a similar struggle.

They are scratching their heads trying to figure out why some new hires are not working out. Bright people that showed a lot of early potential.

But after only a few months the writing is on the wall. Things are not working out.

They want to know why. “What are we missing?”

The answer could be natural interest.

A candidate may have a strong resume reflecting similar experience.

But that doesn’t mean that he is naturally INTERESTED in the daily activities of the role.

I’m referring to the type of natural interest you have when you’re deep into a hobby.

The person may have been “white-knuckling” prior positions, dreading each day they went to work.

One can only muster “passive” interest for so long before it becomes just too painful to stay engaged.

If there is no natural interest, a rock star employee will likely not emerge.

Insyte360’s Talent Analysis Discovery Process shines light on natural interest, in addition to many other traits, to help make the hiring process more effective.

As Simon Sinek says, “Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard at something we love is called passion.”

Don’t we all want to be surrounded by people working hard at something they love?