Each employee is different, but there are qualities that often give you an idea that an employee is a good find for your company. Here are some of them:
- Mistakes and delays in communication often lead to problems, which is why it’s important for an employee to have good communication skills, whether written or spoken.
- An employee who needs to be closely managed and pushed in every situation is not an effective employee. To reduce the need for micromanagement, employees should be self-motivated self-starters.
- Work changes in different ways, so your employees should be able to adapt. Adaptability can make learning curves less steep for an employee.
- An employee who is helpful is worth hiring. They do not spend their time competing against other employees, but making sure they are there if they are needed for the benefit of the business.
- A solid team player is not only a helpful employee but a possible candidate for management, especially if they have that rare ability to lead. A good team player is also less likely to engage in gossip at the workplace.
- Employees who are well-mannered are usually the ones who get positive reviews from their peers. Honesty and the ability to follow the ethical guidelines in the workplace are important, as well.
- An employee who exercises ownership will do everything in their power to ensure the success of their project. They have the discipline to arrive on time and don’t waste time complaining if they have to work a few more hours. They focus on what has to be done and hardly ever need to work overtime.
These are some of the most important qualities you should look for in an employee. As it’s nearly impossible to determine this in a single interview, you should have a team of HR practitioners who are good in weeding out the less desirable candidates.
If you can call past employers for a background check, make sure to talk to more than one person or more than one employer. By doing this, you can recognise patterns (if there’s one).
Consider signing up for a service that offers employment police checks, as well. You don’t want to hire someone and learn too late that they had been involved in embezzlement, theft or worse crimes.
Some employers also perform a check on the applicant’s credit score, and even their relationship with their landlord. This can give you an idea of how the applicant handles responsibilities, particularly where money is involved.
You may not always hire the perfect candidate every time, but using the criteria above may raise your chances of making a winning hire.