How "A" players are different?

1. They expect different things from a job.

"A"players expect their job to include a high degree of risk. They expect a significant probability of failure and they look forward to the challenge. In return, they expect some degree of control and the resources necessary for success.
They expect to be rewarded significantly and they want those rewards to be tied directly to performance. Equity scares off the best."A"players expect differentiated treatment and pay based on results. They demand challenge in their job. They want to continually learn and grow as professionals. They expect differentiation and unique treatment, based on performance.

2. They think differently.

The top performers not only have a higher level of skills, but they also have new and different skills from the average employee. "A"players are on the leading edge of technical knowledge. "A"players continually seek out problems and opportunities.
They exhibit a passion for being the best. They are business experts. "A"players are agile. They work well under pressure. They know how to continually improve things.

3. They have different skills and knowledge.

You can assess the way they think and attack problems. "A"players are critical. They have a history of successfully challenging ideas. They continually assess and criticize existing processes and solutions. They strive for excellence for their own personal pride regardless of what others expect. They set extremely high standards for their performance. "A"players are competitive. "A"players are paranoid. They have an extreme sense of urgency. They see speed as a competitive advantage.

4. They can do different things.

When presented with a scenario, "A"players can quickly identify problems and they can walk you though the steps of their proposed solution.
They make bad managers nervous.

5. They are harder to recruit.

Finding "A"players may be easy, but convincing them to apply for (and accept)a job is a difficult task. Chances are they "hate" the traditional hiring process. They know they are good value on the market.If they are interested in talking, they want to talk directly to decision makers.