3 Overlooked Qualities Of A Great Hire

Hiring the right talentis one of the toughest jobs in the world, especially if it’s for your team. We often focus on skill sets needed to do a job better and overlook the personality traits required to build a great company culture.

Here’s the catch: Being aware of the top personality traits a talent should possess, puts Hiring Managers like you in a better position to look out for the right fit for the company. While everyone has a unique mix of skill sets and brings something different to the table, there are just some traits you cannot discount.

Find out the top three personality traits your talent should have and hold that as your cornerstone during your next hiring process or interview session.


‘Do what you love, and the money will come.’ Sounds familiar?

What most of us can agree (to disagree), is that the love for one’s job, that burning fire in your heart a.k.apassion—or however you want to call it—is pretty challenging to have let alone fake. Either you feel it, or you don’t. And, if you’re unsure if you felt it before, well, there’s your answer.

Being passionate doesn’t mean limiting yourself to one passion. When one is passionate about his or her career, more work gets done with more job satisfaction. Did you know talents who possess such a trait make the most difference when it boils down to employee output and commitment to a company?

Mutual Values

Strong mutual values play a much more significant and critical role in the workplace now than they did before. When you spend more time at work than you do at home, you should hire someone who adheres to the company’s values. The challenge is how to get these people on your bus in the first place.

If you think offering a higher salary than your competition would make the cut, you might want to reconsider your strategy. The right talents for your team must be driven not by money but by your company’s mission. How else would they be able to drive long-term performance?

Remember, money is a commodity; talent is not.

Cultural Fit

A company’s culture is made up of multiple components: From the mission, vision, values and beliefs of the company, the interactions between employees, to the environment in which everyone within the company thrives in.

Look at it as an ecosystem. A healthy ecosystem consists of vegetation/plants, animal population interacting in balance with each other and non-living things (in this case, the water and rocks). There is no one element superior to the other, and each element plays an essential role in ensuring a healthy ecosystem.

Just like there is a vast myriad of personalities and company culture, it’s why some people fit into a particular ecosystem (working environment), but not in others.

When you bring someone new into the team, you want that person to be a valuable asset. A good cultural fit is all based on the fact that the talent should feel connected to the values of the company and clicks naturally with the team.

Final Thoughts

If the talent has any of these qualities, they should make your hiring shortlist! In a nutshell, there’s no easy way to always hire the best talent for the job. Ask anyone in the hiring game *ahem* us *ahem*, and they’ll tell you that hiring requires lots of time and patience.

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