When hiring, many companies will simply seek the candidate with the best resume – a great combination of education, experience, and industry-related knowledge. While these individuals might prove their worth, there is also the chance that they will fail to fit in, and all of the time hiring and training will be deemed a waste when it must be repeated. It is important to hire candidates based on both the resume and personality traits, seeking individuals who will fit within the current company culture. Before you can effectively do so, however, you must know exactly what you are looking for in a new employee.
That means understanding what is most appreciated by your team and what shared goals exist. The easiest way to define the best employee fit is to choose two or three models currently employed, to define what makes them such a wonderful fit, and then to gauge all candidates against those models.
Once you have the ideal defined, you can begin to score on a series of different criteria, including education, experience, and knowledge base, but also on factors such as personality, professional goals, and likelihood of adapting to company culture.
While this may lengthen the hiring process slightly, it can also result in hiring a candidate better fit to your organization. That, in turn, means that you don’t throw a wrench in the current operation, that you don’t waste the time hiring and training, and that you have increased chance of hiring a person prepared to stick it out for the long term.
The shared values between team members will also help to ensure that everyone is working toward the same goal, and that growth comes naturally, rather than being forced.