What personal characteristics help performance in the civil service (vs. the private sector)?

Can you think of behaviors or traits that might make you say, “Hey this person would make a great civil servant!” Or conversely, would cause you to say “Hey, this person needs to start their own business, they really might not fit in with the government?”

I am giving a speech to the JSSA Employment and Career Services on Tuesday, May 24th on how to find a job in the federal government. http://getagovjob.eventbrite.com/

I want to start by challenging people to decide whether or working for the government is a good fit for them. Do you have any thoughts about this?

And if you could guide me to some evidence to support your comments, that would be doubly helpful, although I want your impressions and thoughts as well.

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Andrew Krzmarzick

Is “propensity for innovation” a differentiator? Seems like you could create a scale there and align people on suitability for public vs. private sector.

Ironically, the first Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) mentioned for Senior Executive Service (SES) is “Creativity and Innovation” – http://www.opm.gov/ses/recruitment/ecq.asp

Not to take this conversation in a specific direction, but wondering if government really value creativity and innovation like the private sector.