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5 Important Characteristics To Look For In New Employees

by Caitlin Terreblanche in Candidate Search Tips 03/07/2017 0 comments

When hiring an employee, you want to ensure you’re making the right decision as the wrong one could cost you dearly; not only in training costs but valuable time that you’ll never get back. Thus, as a business, it’s important to keep the following 7 employee characteristics in mind when scouting for new talent.

“You don’t hire for skills, you hire for attitude. You can always teach skills.” Simon Sinek

1. Someone who isn’t like you

One of the worst mistakes you can make when hiring a new employee is to find someone who thinks exactly like you. You need to be able to hire an employee who will be able to see past your blind spots in order to avoid mistakes. Remember, you’re only human and can’t predict mistakes; especially when you have a million different tasks happening simultaneously. Always hire an employee who has different ideas and sees the world from a different angle.


2. An ambitious individual

Although this may be a cliché question to ask, the “Where do yourself in five years?” is an important question to ask if you’re interested in hiring an ambitious individual who’s willing to take the lead. You’re going to want to hire someone who’s willing to take on new tasks and grow within the company, thus, ambition is a number one priority.


3. Multi-tasking skills

Hiring an employee who can wear many different hats will benefit your company in many ways – especially if you work in a fast-paced, competitive industry. Typically, these types of employees have experience in smaller organisations where you have to be willing and able to take on various tasks.


4. Eager to learn

There’s nothing worse than hiring an employee who seems to know it all without being open to learning anything new. As your company will grow and change, you need to ensure that your employees will grow with it. One way to encourage learning is by investing in a Learning Management System to boost company morale and encourage in-house education.


5. Likeable

Your new employee needs to fit into your company culture, thus, being a likeable person is important if you want them to stick around for more than three months. If not, your current employees will shun your new scout and the work quality will be affected. Do you find yourself liking the potential candidate? Do your current employees seem to like him/her too? If so, you’ve won half the battle.

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