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Don't just hire smart people

You can hire better

It takes more than smarts to be a great team member.

Instead, hire people who do these 8 things:

1. Avoid drama

We have a policy in our office. It’s written on the wall:

No drifters
No dickheads
No drama queens

For us, it helps to foster a culture of respect and trust.

2. Want to learn

You’re not after ‘know-it-alls’; you want ‘learn-at-alls’.

Someone inquisitive on the job and eager to acquire new skills or knowledge.

In interviews, ask:

– Their approach to self-development

– Their plans for professional growth

3. Adapt quickly

Change is the only constant we can expect, so hiring someone who clings to the past isn’t what you want.

Look for those who actively embrace change.

Ask about their experiences handling it and how they overcame these situations.

4. Deliver results

Seek candidates who have a track record of delivering on their promises.

I.e. achieving goals and producing tangible outcomes in their previous roles.

5. Work as a team

Unless they’re going to sit at home by themselves – they’ll have to work with others.

You want to know they can do that effectively.

Find out how they handle differing opinions or conflicts in a team setting and examples where they effectively worked well in a team project.

6. Get the job done

At the end of the day, you need to be able to trust they’ll get the job done.

So ask someone who has experienced it first hand – their references.

7. Communicate well

Effective communication is crucial.

Assess candidates’ communication skills through interviews and consider how clearly they express themselves.

8. Are fun to be around

You’re not looking for the office comedian, but if they’re enjoyable to work with, they’ll contribute positively to team dynamics.

Pay attention to their personality, interpersonal skills, and cultural fit during the hiring process.

Think: “What will my current team think & feel?”

Sometimes, knowing how to spot these can be a little tricky too, so if you need help, get in touch with the team – we’re always happy to help!

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