Willingness to learn is perhaps the most undervalued skill considered in an interview process. We tend to ask for evidence of technical competencies listed in the JD. Sometimes we ask about conflict situations or teamwork, but rarely about learning. Rarely about how we’ve grown.
We could ask “what is something you believed 5 years ago, but no longer do?” Or “what is something you were wrong about?” Or even still “what is the evidence that you are learning and growing in your knowledge about X subject (and not an academic qualification)?”
Digital transformation is all about growing, learning, unlearning, and relearning. We have snapshots in time of the skills we need now. We can ‘see’ in the future a bit. But we can’t see everything. However, we do know what we need in the future will be different from today. Some of it will be expected, but some won’t.
And yes this is partly about ‘being agile’ or ‘being adaptive’ and all the other buzz words. However, to ‘be’ those things, you need to learn and unlearn. That is the real skill. We should seek it out more than we do.