8 Winning Traits to Look for in New Hires

A company is only as strong as its employees, which can make the hiring process rather stressful – especially if you’ve been burned in the past. Fully engaged employees tend to share the following 8 traits, so be on the lookout for them during interviews. You can even ask the questions we’ve provided to find out if he or she has that trait or not.

They look for solutions

It is far easier to complain than it is to fix an issue or try to solve a major challenge.  Ask, “What is the trickiest project challenge you have faced, and how did you solve it?”

They take responsibility for outcomes, good and bad

No one wants to take the fall for a project that didn’t work out, but it is a great way to learn from your mistakes and move on. Ask, “Tell me the biggest lessons you learned from a failed project.”

They are excited about new projects

Employees who resist change at any level act like an anchor, holding back company growth. Ask, “What do you enjoy about working on a completely new project?”

They enjoy going above and beyond

Because customer service is so important for any company, you need employees who are more than willing to go above and beyond. Ask, “When was the last time you went out of your way for a customer? What did you do for him and her? What was the outcome?”

They don’t pretend to be perfect

No one is perfect, whether at home or on the job. Ask, “If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?”

They are not afraid to ask for help

Asking questions or for assistance on a project signals confidence and a willingness to learn and collaborate. Ask, “If someone uses an unfamiliar acronym during a kick-off meeting, what do you do?”

They take the initiative

A strong company is composed of employees who are so engaged and invested that they will gladly handle something that is “not their job.” Ask, “Who changes the ink cartridges in the printer?”

They deliver on promises

Employees who never meet deadlines, turn in half-baked projects, and overpromise and underdeliver will ultimately harm your reputation. Ask, “What do you do if you have a big deadline tomorrow but are not happy with the deliverable?”

How can you incorporate this list into your interviewing process?  Focusing on the traits you want in a employee is more beneficial than focusing on what you don’t want.  If you would like to also use assessments to increase your chances of hiring the right person for the right position contact us:  jfletcher@winningwaysinc.com

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