What Do You Look For When You Hire People? | JobSearchTV.com
This is a question that will be asked of people at a manager level and above. Unlike the answer I give to most job hunters, this one adds 2 extra factors to call attention to.
What do you look for when you hire people? Obviously, a question for people at a manager level and above who are in the business of evaluating talent and hiring them for their organizations. What do you look for? Now I’ve handled the answer to this from the job search, job hunter perspective. But let me add on the pieces from an employer perspective, from a hiring manager’s perspective, that are important to add in.
So what I always tell people that firms look for is competence, self-confidence, character, chemistry, maybe a little bit of charisma– charismatic people are always seen in a better light than non-charismatics– that they care about the work and that you can connect with them.
Now, different groups may not really care about self-confidence. They may prefer an analytical person, and you need to adapt your answer to the kind of group that you’d be hiring for. But here’s the extra stuff, because you want to trust them, of course, trust that they can perform well.
And thus, you look for people who are promotable, who have a track record of being advanced, who seem to have an upside. In addition, you want to hire people, and make sure that you hire people from diverse groups. Now, that can cover a wide spectrum of individuals, race, disability, gender. You look at your demographics, and you want to make sure you have a wider perspective than just simply someone who can do the job because there are extra things in there from a perspective standpoint, that people from diverse groups bring.
As you’re talking to HR, as you’re talking to leadership, more and more common is the belief that diversity is a virtue within organizations and you want to make sure that you address that as you answer this question.
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