Hiring for personality traits – What to look for in candidates?
A few years back, a CareerBuilder’s study showcased an optimistic perspective for all those applicants who fear rejection because of their lack of experience in a particular position.
In the study, employers express that while it is important to know that a candidate has the qualifications to perform the job, being from having work experience or relevant education, those are only part of what employers select you from. Personality plays a role, particularly for companies that strive for and promote a great organizational culture.
Skills and education are only one part of the employer’s evaluation criteria. Personality traits and how they fit into the organizational culture play a significant role as well. In this blog, we outlined 5 personality traits that are valued among industries – teamwork, positive attitude, independent thinking, adaptability and good communication skills. Moreover, we gave specific top 3 personality traits for a salesperson, an engineer and a marketing manager.
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Why is it important to get the right personality on board?
Typically, how some employers proceed in the selection phase is:
Screen for relevant experience and education
Invite for an interview the remaining candidates
Watch out for personality traits as well during the interview
The issue with this type of filtering of candidates is that a recruiter can easily discard candidates with potential who have strong soft skills who might miss having enough experience.
The work environment and the people that an employee works with daily are significant contributors to the corporate culture. As such essential factors, who comes to the team makes a difference to the future social environment, how teams collaborate, their decision-making, and so forth. More and more employers recognize the influence of candidates’ personalities on the internal organizational system and watch out for soft skills.
Getting it right can create a competitive advantage for companies, especially if one manages to bring a diverse team together. Also, by considering a candidate for both their skills and personality early on, they decrease their chances of getting a bad hire and the costs associated with that.
So, what personality traits are valued in an applicant?
And how about specific job positions? We were curious as well and picked 3 job positions that have different and distinctive personality traits requirements. Or do they? Let us outline them.
Top personality traits for a great salesperson
Top personality traits for an engineer
- Critical thinking
Top personality traits for a marketing manager
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