Is Personality an Element in Your Hiring Process?

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Richard BransonThere is nothing more important for a business than hiring the right team. If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success. However, the best person for the job doesn’t always walk right through your door.

The first thing to look for when searching for a great employee is somebody with a personality that fits with your company culture. Most skills can be learned, but it is difficult to train people on their personality. If you can find people who are fun, friendly, caring and love helping others, you are on to a winner.

Personality is the key. It is not something that always comes out in interview – people can be shy. But you have to trust your judgment. If you have got a slightly introverted person with a great personality, use your experience to pull it out of them. It is easier with an extrovert, but be wary of people becoming overexcited in the pressure of interviews.By: Sir Richard BransonAn excerpt from a blog on LinkedIn

Personality Concept
In the quote above, Sir Richard Branson has highlighted “Personality” as a characteristic to identify in potential employees. A great personality goes much deeper than the individual’s outward approach and manner of speech. It shares a more profound connection to being a genuinely open person who upholds standards, someone with a sense of humor and a sense of empathy, a person who is firm but fair, extremely understanding and is a great communicator. How are these exposed during an interview so the manager makes the right decision? The manager must be prepared with the right type of questions and those which will trigger the interviewee’s sense of understanding, empathy and also work ethics. Real life scenarios must be used to learn how the interviewee would react under specific situations. Body language, voice tone and eye contact are important to be able to identify some level of shyness but also to observe honesty and any hint of uncomfortable behavior which may be exhibited.

At a time when many companies are slowly rebounding from recession and several large companies in the Caribbean are still restructuring and making positions redundant, hiring may not be a priority for many managers. Many interviewers have been misguided during interviews and made poor selections which have had adverse effects on the company’s human resource, while some have made selections whom they were able to “tame” or train into excellent team players. Others have identified winners from the start, and soared with excellence. Whatever situation a company is faced with, hiring must be done with every sense of wit, inspiration, sound judgment and intelligence.

Recognizing the best personality is no easy task but it is something which is achievable. Personality is indeed a key element to having a strong and dedicated workforce. Some companies are very focused on qualifications, but bringing in new blood can inspire creative energy within a team. Managers should not be afraid to take risks, to hire someone who thinks differently or someone who sees problems as opportunities. The hiring strong point is to ensure the short list has qualified people with great experience and a winning personality for your business.