Hiring employees is a huge risk. You could be getting the best employee you ever had, or you could be hiring a con man that will ruin your business. How do you know if you are getting on extreme or the other, or something in between?
The truth is, you really don’t. However, there are ways to mitigate the risk significantly. Many businesses run background checks, which is a basic step. As far as the bigger picture goes, looking for these personality traits during the hiring process can help.
Persistence and Perseverance
A good employee keeps working until the job is done, come what may. They don’t let lack of knowledge, supplies, or anything else get in their way. They figure out a way to overcome the obstacles before them and do the job they have been given to do. How do you know this is a personality trait possessed by your potential hire? Check references and ask the question, pay attention in the interview, and maybe even ask them the question directly. Ask them if they feel they possess these qualities and why or why not. See what they say.
Coachability and Independence
The ability to listen and learn is hard to come by. Many feel that they already know how to do what needs to be done and they get busy. While this type of independence is highly desirable, it is also important to know when you need to listen and learn. An employee who knows exactly what they know and what they do not know is priceless.
You do not want someone who is always looking for something or somewhere else. You want someone that, if you are good to them, they will stick with you. Most times this can be seen from the resume, and a few well directed interview questions should clear up any uncertainties.
Pride in their Work
You want someone who takes pride in their work. They will not settle for giving less than their best. Their presence and presentation at the interview can give you a good idea about this, and a quick reference check should help also. You can always ask for samples of work if applicable as well.
Attention to Details with an Eye for the Big Picture
Being able to pay just the right amount of attention to detail without losing sight of the big picture is a necessary skill. It is hard to determine if one possesses it until they get to work, but a few well worded interview questions can give you an idea.
A Word About Social Media
If you feel so inclined, a quick perusal of social media accounts, if public, can give you some ideas about the personality of the person you are looking to hire. Use good judgement and take all things into consideration. Social media can be a powerful modern tool for hiring employees.
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