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3 Qualities to Look for in Job Candidates

By Ed Mitzen

Finding, recruiting, and hiring the right talent for your business can be a stressful process. You might be overwhelmed with candidates, half of whom don’t have the experience you’re looking for. Out of the ones who do, you only have limited time to get to know them before extending a job offer. So how do you cut through the clutter and find people who truly care about your company and the work you’re doing?

Through my experience founding and growing three companies over the course of my career, I’ve determined a few key qualities to look for when interviewing prospective employees.

They don’t have a noticeable ego

At my advertising agency, Fingerpaint, an important part of our culture is that we don’t have titles because we want junior employees to feel empowered to contribute. But this policy is also in place for another reason. It filters out candidates who have an ego and would sacrifice a great career opportunity simply because we won’t give them a title. We value our employees having a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude toward their work. Everyone is expected to be a team player, even if a necessary task isn’t exactly spelled out in their job description. People who come across as having an ego might be less likely to readily jump in when their teammates need them.

They understand your company and culture

This one seems like a bit of a no-brainer, but its importance cannot be overstated. Candidates should have a basic understanding of what you do and how their skill set would lend itself to your company. Not only does it show their dedication but learning about your company and its culture can also help them decide if your company would be a good fit on their end, which can make the hiring process more efficient for everyone involved. After all, candidates who don’t come prepared to the interview might not come prepared for the job.

They bring a new perspective to your team

If everyone who worked for a company was exactly the same, its work would probably be pretty lackluster. At our agency, we know that we can’t do the work without everyone’s expertise. Although they have different backgrounds, each employee brings something new to the table that ultimately makes our work better. This extends not just to a person’s qualities as an employee, but also to what makes them who they are as an individual. Diversity of all kinds in the workplace has been linked to many benefits, such as higher revenue, so seeking out and hiring people with unique perspectives, no matter what they may be, is always worthwhile.

While hiring can be a daunting task, keeping these principles and recommendations in mind will help you recruit talent who perform better, are more engaged in their work, and ultimately further your company’s success.