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Qualities to Look for When Hiring an Employee

Zoe Papadakis

By Zoe Papadakis 2 mins read

Qualities to Look for When Hiring an Employee
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Hiring the right employee is important regardless of what line of business you are in. It is much easier said than done though. The recruitment process on its own is a tough one. You have to post a job description, review CVs, arrange interviews … then you still have to pick a top candidate from a long list of hopefuls. Knowing what qualities to look for when hiring an employee can make all the difference. Here is a checklist to keep in mind during the interview process.

1. Teamwork

Most jobs require collaboration and sometimes even management, which is why it’s important that your candidate is able to work well with a team.

2. Willingness to learn

The world is changing fast. There is a constant influx of new information, as well as new technological developments taking place all the time, and you will need an employee who is willing and able to learn and grow.

3. Communication

A good communicator is able to clearly get messages across, whether verbal or written, and is able to also grasp other people’s meanings. Communication is an essential quality to look for when hiring an employee.

4. Self-motivation

A self-motivated employee doesn’t require micromanagement to get the job done. Instead, they are eager to do a good job regardless of external rewards.

5. Leadership

Strong leadership skills can move your company forward and can also guide your team members. Hiring an employee with strong leadership skills can have a massive positive impact on your business.

6. Reliability

Hiring an employee who is reliable and dependable means you are hiring someone who you can trust. This is an important trait to consider during the interview process as a reliable worker will be able to get the job done and they will do it well.

You have interviewed dozens of hopefuls, you have found the perfect fit for your company, now what? You want to win over your candidate but how? The first step is to keep things professional every step of the process. You also want to sell candidates on your company and the opportunity. Don’t just offer them a job, offer them a future. And make an offer they cannot refuse. Mention the benefits and perks that come with working for you.

Something worth keeping in mind is that, according to research, employees favour flexible working schedules and paid time off over pay increases. So you may want to consider offering your staff remote work opportunities as well as the opportunity to take time off without feeling apprehensive to ask.

This is something you can easily manage with an online leave management system that will take care of the entire leave management process. You need not have to go through all the paperwork when employing someone new. With a good online leave management system you can simply add their details and the system will take care of tracking their leave. To find out more why not give LeavePro a try? You can sign-up for a 2 week trial, or book a demo.