Encourage your candidate to ask others for 360º feedback regarding his independence. What goes well and what could be improved? Discuss the results with the candidate.
Investigate with your candidate what is keeping him from being independent in certain situations. Ask him in what situations and who he has been independent from. What is the reason the candidate achieves independence in some situations but not in other ones?
Discuss why it is important for you to be an independent person and how you found your own direction.
Reward your candidate in every situation when he displays independence by giving him compliments.
Show that you respect the candidate’s opinion even if it is different from your own. Provide a safe and open environment. Discuss how important it is that employees can speak their mind within the organization.