There are a variety of characteristics and qualities to look for when hiring an employee. From a personâs preparation skills for the actual interview to their work history and background, what makes a person stand out for a particular work role can depend on a vast list of requirements, skills, and aptitudes. There are however, certain aspects and qualities to consider when hiring for an open position that are more consistent indicators of a personâs qualifications.
During the initial contact with an applicant, there are often smaller, more noticeable aspects of the prospective employeeâs personality that can be quite telling. How they dress for the interview, their demeanor (friendly, professional, personable), whether they are attentive (quick to answer, make eye contact), and their preparation for the interview (quick answers, knowledge of the job or company) are all great indicators of an applicantâs match with the open position.
There are also areas of a resume or application you can review before you meet an applicant that can save you time, and determine whether an interview is even necessary. By reviewing an application or resume thoroughly, you can search for flaws in their job history timeline or quirks regarding their qualifications or history that donât add up. This may allow you to prepare questions ahead of time that will catch the person unprepared or in a lie, and can be a great way to determine the ethics of the person you are considering hiring.
However, not everyone is going to have the best of luck when it comes to a consistent work history. Younger applicants especially may have to try several careers to determine what role they fill best, but an applicant who flitters from job to job can be a warning sign. Therefore, it is often best to determine whether a candidate is fit for a position simply by talking to him or her, getting to know them, and gaining a personal understanding regarding their personality and qualifications.