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Five Qualities to Look for in Your New Hires

April 13th, 2016

When you are looking to hire a new employee, you naturally want the person to be able to meet the requirements set out in the job description. But beyond that, there are other traits you should be looking for, characteristics that enable a person to perform effectively and to be a productive employee. Here are a few of those qualities that are difficult to list in the job description but are traits you would love to find in your ideal candidate.

1. Mental abilities

This doesn’t simply mean intelligence or IQ. It has more to do with a person’s ability to piece things together, to stay organized, to set goals and follow through. It is the ability to see the big picture, to figure things out to reach a solution to a problem. It is the ability to think on your feet, to be creative and innovative.

2. Leadership

This means having the qualities of someone who accepts responsibility for their actions. It is someone who is willing to take risks. It is someone who is reliable, who tackles work with enthusiasm and optimism. It is someone who sets high standards. Being in a leadership position isn’t a requirement for showing leadership in the workplace.

A person with leadership qualities goes above and beyond his job description. They are always looking to improve the way things are done.

3. Integrity

This means someone who plays by the rules, that is, someone who is ethical, who is trustworthy. It describes someone who does the right thing, not only when talking in front of co-workers, a supervisor or management. It entails being ethical when alone in your office or at your desk and decisions need to be made.

A person with integrity also is not afraid of facing challenges and to speak up and disagree with a supervisor if they see  something they think is wrong. This is a person who shows determination in the face of obstacles, someone who is persistent and tenacious in the pursuit of a goal.

4. Amiability

You should also look for people who get along well with others, people who are team players. These are people who know how to work in a cooperative environment. When projects get completed, team players aren’t looking out for themselves first to boast about their contributions to the project. They talk about how the team came together to accomplish the goal and be successful.

5. Expertise

This is your ability to do the job. It is the skill set and experience that you have acquired enabling you to do the job on a daily basis. It is the judgment and understanding a person has enabling them to apply skills and experience in the best and most effective way.

If your company is looking for employees with these qualities, contact Arrow Staffing. Arrow is among the best staffing agencies in the Inland Empire. We will work with your company to find the people who can best fit your organization and job candidates who are qualified and reliable. Give Arrow a call today.

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