You’ve done all the right things: wrote a comprehensive job description, reviewed countless resumes, met and interviewed several hopefuls. Now your hard work has paid off and you are down to two (or three) top candidate picks. When faced with several viable candidates, how do you decide? Here are some desirable employee traits you can use to determine who would not just be a good hire, but a great addition to your team:
- Who is the best cultural fit? Every organization has its own personality and some people will fit into your culture better than others. If your team tends to be quiet and focused, the soft-spoken person may fit in better than the chatterbox. However, if you have a loud and rocking team you may want to go with the gregarious person over the wallflower. Think about who you and your team would most like to work with day after day and who would most like to work with your team.
- Who is more adaptable? As much as we try, work can be unpredictable. From backing up a coworker who is suddenly unavailable, to company changes that require learning new methods and tools – changes can cause stress. Some employees deal with it better than others. It’s important to determine if your potential new hire can roll with the punches, and remain positive and productive in the face of change. To test for adaptability, ask for examples of when they had to adjust on the fly.
- Who is a natural fit for the job? Most people want to do their best, but there are some gems who will succeed because they truly care about the work they do – simply because it fits so well with their personalities. If you are looking for a Project Manager, who is more detail-oriented and proud of their previous projects? Which Customer Service Representative is more of a people person? Which Front Desk Admin is naturally cheerful and organized?