Hiring a new employee can be an exciting and challenging experience. When you are in the position to make the final call on who to hire, there are so many things to take into consideration.
Do they have the required qualifications? Are they enthusiastic? What skills do they have? As you critically consider the individual’s answers, there is another question that you need to ask yourself: Will they fit in? Behind all the degrees and certificates (which are just as important), is also a real human being with values.
When it comes down to searching for a new employee, it can be a time consuming exercise and a little daunting to know what exactly to look for. That is why you need to partner up with a prominent recruitment agency that can help you through this process. Apart from specialized skills needed for a role, you need to think about what character traits might be the most important, and how do you go about identifying them. Below you’ll find just a few of the reasons why personality is just as important as skills and experience in a job interview.
Some of the main character traits to look for in your next hire.
Leadership is an important quality employers seek, as the strong personality of a leader and willingness to lead others is a priceless asset needed in teamwork environments. A candidate with the ability to follow is valuable, but a candidate with only the ability to follow, not lead, is a candidate that will only maintain, not further your success. Identifying this quality in an individual can be done in different ways, one is in an interview setting, an employer might ask a question such as, “explain a situation in a previous position where you were asked to lead, and how you did so.”
"Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found." Creativity in the work place and amongst employees is key to keeping ideas and work fresh as well as innovative. A creative mind creates and chases new opportunities while a predictive mind continues to think inside of the box and doesn’t overachieve. Recognizing creativity won’t be easy as pie though, there are certain personality traits that are signs to a creative mind. Someone with good communication skills and problem solving can have the creative capacity to communicate with others and work creatively with his team to solve a problem.
The workplace can sometimes create a stressed environment where expectations to produce can cause an unconfident employee to burn out. Especially in leadership roles, employees are expected to handle stressful situations with utmost confidence. Confidence in themselves and their abilities gives that employee the mental tools they need to approach a challenging task. When trying to identify a possible hire’s level of confidence, ask questions about their achievements and what they are most proud of. How they answer the question can give you a clear idea of the things they take pride in and are confident about in themselves. A strong individual will take pride in their work and the accomplishments they have made in their career.
Once you are positive that you’ve found a potential fit for your company, have a checklist for reassurance.
Are they flexible? Like most businesses, we tackle different things every day. Some days it’s market research, other days we work with business development and budgets. The best thing a person can do is be prepared, but they need to be flexible when circumstances change.
Are they willing to learn? Supporting a wide range of clients and working in a constantly evolving space means a candidate should be ready to learn. An inquisitive person is a huge plus, and it’s even better when they ask a lot of questions and do their own research.
Are they dynamic? When you have your own established company, you cannot afford to employ a person who is not looking to grow out of their current position. Look for someone who is always finding something to do next.
Are they enthusiastic? To get the best results, you need to make sure the person you’re planning on hiring is passionate about what they are doing. Having motivated employees in your company will have them and your business striving for success.
So, how do you choose through the stacks of resumes to find these individuals, the ones that will help you move from good, to great, to remarkable? Leave your comment below; we’d love to hear from you.
For additional help in finding candidates for your company that represent all of these qualities and more, talk with one of our specialist recruitment consultants today.
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