While there are basic job skills that are necessary for each position, there are a number of other job skills that are vital if the hire is going to be the right candidate for the position. No matter how impressive a resume may be, if a candidate doesn’t possess these extra skills, they may not be the right person for the job.
Your interview process should be tailored to finding these particular skills as well as the standard skills required for the job.
1. Flexibility of the Mind. Your ideal candidate should be able to think quickly on her feet and come up with alternate solutions very quickly. You can determine if a candidate has these skills by rapid firing questions that come from different angles and asking hypothetical questions to determine how she might handle different real life situations.
2. A high level of empathy. This is particularly vital for anyone who will assume a managerial or customer service position. Empathy is not something that can be learned, it is either ingrained in someone or it’s not. Empathetic people are able to look at complex situations, and take into account other’s feelings. Once again, scenario questions are the best way to determine a candidate’s level of empathy.
3. Initiative and passion. Zombie hires are the bane of any manager. If a candidate is not passionate about his job or the work that he does for a company, he simply isn’t going to perform at the same level as someone who does have passion. While we can’t all love our jobs, we can love doing a good job. Seek out candidates that have demonstrated initiative in their past accomplishments. It’s a good predictor of how much they’ll be willing to do for you.
4. Risk tolerance. High-level positions require a great deal of risk tolerance. The ideal candidate should not be put off or scared by risk, but should view this as an opportunity for challenge and growth. Hypothetical lines of questioning and asking about similar situations at an old position will help you find this type of candidate.
These skills are largely ingrained in a personality, and most cannot be taught or inspired. If you need help finding candidates who demonstrate these qualities, or if you want tips on finding the right fit candidate for your position, give Planetpro a call today. [Please note the proper spelling of our company name]
Planetpro believes these are some of the main skills anyone should have when recruiting new hires. What are some of the different skills you use to recruit new hires into your company? (Please comment below)
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