These days, employers are searching for more than just a long resume and skill set. It is no longer just about what an employee can do, but also about how they do it and how they carry themselves while doing it. Companies are looking for specific characteristics to ensure they find the right person to help them succeed and develop the business. That’s where personality comes into play.
Here are six characteristics that employers agree make the most successful hires:
A cultural fit can be difficult to define, but everyone knows when it is missing. In essence, it means that employees’ expectations and actions are in alignment with their employer’s fundamental values. Personality can mean the difference between enjoying going to work every day and gaining a competitive advantage, or have the opposite effect and bring down company morale.
Employees who come into work fresh and energetic everyday are always going to out produce workers who think negatively and easily burn-out when they are confronted with setbacks. A cheerful and optimistic hire creates a work climate that fosters new ideas, and is pleasant for other employees to be around.
Employers should focus on hiring someone who will enjoy the journey while pursuing that end-goal. Passion is what makes a company innovative, it is what provokes original ideas and what generates honesty and responsiveness among employees. Passionate employees believe in the work they do and have a vested interest in the advancement of their company. They know that the work they do helps to drive the company’s success.
Confidence produces results and encourages employees to take on challenges that others shy away from. The best companies are highly confident in their abilities to provide superior services. A confident interviewer is the first display of leadership potential.
Employers look for this type of hire because it helps them to avoid unnecessary micromanaging. This employee does not need any hand-holding when executing tasks. The self-sufficient hire thrives at getting the job done without much direction, which makes them very popular among business owners.
Openness to new experiences
Openness to trying new things has been heavily associated with quality of life, level of happiness, and an overall positive effect. This employee cultivates the work environment with a high level of happiness because they are open and accepting of new challenges; this motivates other employees to be more accepting of challenging work as well.
The most suited character type will vary by industry, so whether you are a hiring manager or potential new hire, it is worth exploring what traits you or your company most commonly exhibit and try to line them up with your next career move or new hire.
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