How to find the best employees

With Christmas just round the corner, it could be a golden opportunity to get your act together before the recruitment frenzy for the next year begins.

Needless to say, budgets and approvals play a significant role in your recruitment process. But what about the candidates themselves? What criteria does your organization set out, to search for and find the best candidate for that role?

Here are five of the most important qualities to look for in your potential new employee.

1.    Capability.

First and foremost, is this person actually able to do the job? Do they have the right skills and abilities?


2.    Long Term Potential.

You don’t want to employ someone who is looking to move on within a few months (unless you need a temp, in which case, this point isn’t too relevant). Instead, look for someone who is committed and furthermore who will learn and take on board the training given to become an expert in what your company does – who knows, they may one day be filling your boots (should you choose to leave)! 


3.    Enthusiasm that leads to results.

Most of us have seen Alan Sugar’s Apprentice and look forward to the onslaught of extremely self-confident candidates telling the world just how capable they are. Enthusiasm is a great thing provided it is followed through every bit of work and every project on hand, to produce stunning results.


4.    Resourcefulness.

Constant improvement is what keeps businesses afloat. What can the candidate add to your business? How can they use their skills and experience in an original way to prevent stagnation?


5.    Honesty.

It’s all very well and good being the “best [salesperson] Europe” (thank you Apprentice’s Jennifer Maguire) but what evidence is there to back it up? The chances are you won’t become the best by doing it alone, is your candidate prepared to ascribe credit to those who have worked for it? Everyone has a weakness, as hard as it may be to admit, we are all flawed. Accepting this doesn’t make a bad candidate, nor does it mean they’ve given up.


Ensure that any future employees are honest, both with themselves and to others. A challenging, but truthful saying of Benjamin Franklin sums this up; “tricks and treachery are the practice of fools that don’t have brains enough to be honest”. 

Remember, although you need to be able to get on with your colleagues, you’re not looking to employ your next best friend. Who has the skills for the job but with the character that is compatible with the existing team? 

As Miranda Kerr said: “a nice person is a ‘yes’ person, whereas a good person is a person who accepts their responsibility in things and moves forward. [They aren’t] afraid to…challenge someone or be honest or truthful”. 

You’re not searching for “a nice person” – your searching for the best person for the job.

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