Evaluating Candidate Fit: From Skills to Personality

By Ashley Paskill on February 29, 2024

Hiring for positions in your company can be difficult. You may have a wide pool of candidates or may be having difficulty finding the perfect candidate. Either way, there are qualities that you want to keep an eye out for when looking for the ideal candidate. These include specific skills as well as personality traits. When speaking to candidate references, ask about these qualities as they are important for any employee to have.

Dependability

When you hire an employee, you are likely looking for someone reliable and trustworthy. You want someone who shows up on time and helps when and where they can. They show up on time and turn in projects on deadline. Dependable employees are the ones you can always count on to put their best foot forward on any task and step up in times of need. When you are interviewing candidates, dependability can be determined by the candidate responding to communications promptly and showing up for the interview a few minutes early.

Passionate

Though everyone has rough patches in their life, your candidate should be passionate about their career. Someone who is passionate loves what they do and will put their heart and soul into their work. They should show in their answers to your questions that they are passionate about your company as well. This will show when they can point to specific things about your company, showing that they did their research. They will also showcase their passion when discussing past projects and achievements they are proud of.

Communication skills

No matter what field you are in, having good communication skills is important. Candidates need to know how to speak with coworkers professionally and with respect. There may be times for friendly banter every so often, but most of the time, communication needs to be professional, especially when dealing with clients and customers. In an interview, a candidate will show communication skills by answering your questions completely and concisely.

Leadership

Good candidates tend to exhibit the qualities of a leader. They are able to juggle multiple responsibilities at once and can effectively delegate tasks as needed. They are confident in their judgments and can make decisions quickly. No matter what kind of role a candidate is filling, it is still important that they can take their work seriously and show leadership. The candidate may have leadership experience on their resume, especially if they are a recent graduate who was involved in student organizations.

Philanthropic

Although this is not necessarily tied to the position itself, philanthropic people are excellent employees. These people use their time, skills, and resources to help others in need and give back to their community. They are caring and kind, which are great qualities to have in an employee, especially if your field of work requires working with outside clients. Aside from the organizations benefiting from the philanthropy, volunteers often learn new skills when working in these situations. Check your candidates’ resumes for a “Volunteering” section or ask about any experience in the interview.

Adaptable

No matter how hard we try to plan things out and have tasks lined up, life can get in the way at any moment. Deadlines may need to shift and projects may not go as we had hoped. This is why it is important to hire adaptable candidates. These candidates always have a plan B and can make adjustments to their tasks quickly. They remain calm when things do not go their way and they come up with solutions to fix problems that will inevitably arise.

Honest

As the old adage goes, honesty is the best policy. It is important for candidates to be honest in their work and in their relationships with coworkers. An honest employee will not steal credit from a coworker or anyone else. They will not make up excuses and will own up to their mistakes. They know their limitations and are capable of embracing them along with their strengths. You will be able to spot a candidate who is telling the truth when the interview matches up with their resume. You may also decide to toss in a few trick questions to help you spot their possible lies.

Qualified

This is a no-brainer, but you want a candidate who is qualified for the position. They have worked in previous roles that have helped them prepare for the one you are hiring them for, even if this role is more advanced than their previous roles. They may have a college degree or some other form of training for the field or role in question. Even if their previous experience was not directly in the field, they may have transferable skills that can help them succeed. These things will be displayed on their resume and in the interview itself.

Hiring great candidates can be challenging, but knowing what skills and personality traits to look for can help make things easier.

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