Three things to look for when you want to hire people who know how to manage their time:
1. They listen well. People who interrupt, ask questions about information you have already shared, or just appear lost for most of the interview aren’t listening. On the other hand, people who ask questions and confirm understanding of what you have said are likely strong listeners.
2. They meet deadlines. Before hiring people, impose some deadlines or time limits on them. Ask them to complete an assessment or test assignment or to call you back by a specific time, and certainly set a time for the interview. Failure to meet those deadlines is a red flag.
3. They’re organized. Job candidates who easily find your office, don’t have to fumble through folders to find their résumés, or come prepared to take notes and ask questions about the job are good bets.
— Adapted from “8 Smart Time Management Tips for Managers,” Aleksandr Noudelman, LinkedIn, www.linkedin.com/pulse.