March 2014

How To Guide: Choosing Employees for Mentors

By Monica Miller





Mentors play an instrumental role in the personal and professional development of employees at all levels within the company. The most effective place for a mentor is within the onboarding of new employees. The mentee is able to advance at an accelerated rate by passing roadblocks that might have occurred in the first months on the job.


Are you a leader responsible for the company’s areas of focus for ensuring a successful business year? I highly recommend rolling out a mentorship program and selecting a passionate program manager to lead the program. A mentorship program motivates current employees and builds confidence in employees entering the organization. In order to find the best employees for the mentor program, you need to focus on the top five characteristics found within the most successful mentors.




There are some employees that talk the talk and others that walk the walk. The best mentors are the ones that talk the talk and walk the walk. They will make definitive statements that XYZ will need to be handled before completing project 245. And, they will have the ball rolling within the hour working across departments to make it happen. They know everything about the organization and are familiar with everyone working for the company. Their lives rotate around making themselves and the company successful. Ask them to be a mentor! As Ace Ventura say’s in Pet Detective, “Fits Like a Glove!”




The most important characteristic to find in a mentor is the ability to connect with the mentee. This really takes a highly skilled individual within the company who understands personality assessment. Someone who is able to connect the right mentor with the right mentee. Such individuals can be found in the human resource or recruiting departments. Ask around the company, as these employees are typically known well by others.




The individual within the organization who can be trusted with the most confidential information will also offer a place of trust for the mentee to share personal information, which will allow the mentee to develop the wanted and required skills. This employee can be found listening to others with great intent with a fountain of wisdom to share when needed. “There was great difference between persons and discretion did not always accompany years, nor was youth always without it.”  It is best to not focus on age when seeking the employee that possesses discretion.



In order for the mentee to trust their mentor and soar like an eagle, they must be able to respect their mentor during the mentorship. The best example of a mentor with high integrity was in the movie The Karate Kid.
The meaning expressed through the words of Mr. Miyagi, “Wax on, wax off” taught the young Daniel Son to appreciate every step within each lesson as building blocks for achieving the overall goals. Seek the employee that all others respect and ye shall find the mentor.



This employee will stand out from all others because their personality is infectious, causing everyone around them to feel a sense of happiness and self-worth. Seek out the employee who is being kind to others and those that live by the karma codes. “People accept only that person as their leader who is radiant with good knowledge and karma.

I hope you are able to include a mentor program in your top strategic goals for 2014. All employees are in need of direction from their leaders and find inspiration and motivation through a selected mentor.










Monica Miller, CIR-PRC has worked in the healthcare industry for 12 years and transitioned from a C-Suite Executive Assistant into a Corporate Recruiter after completing a psychology degree. Her recruiting experience includes working with small and large businesses focused on behavioral and performance based interviewing. In her spare time, she offers pro bono career advice/resume writing to job seekers, connecting candidates with hiring managers via social media. Connect with Monica.

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