4 core attributes you should looking for in your next employee

With one in two people considering a career change in the future, now is the time to look for great talents with focused on core skills and attributes, rather than just those who possess specific skills and experience.


Traditionally, companies have looked to hire employees based on individual’s experience and their learnt skills, but there are numerous benefits in hiring candidates based on their core skills, attributes and personality.

The time is now to consider the skills you should be looking for in your next candidate. Researchers has found that just over one in two people are considering a career change in the future, with two in five candidates willing to make a move in the next 12 months.

Knowing what core skills you should be looking for and then carefully considering a candidate’s skills, attributes and personality can help determine whether they are the right person for your business.

The benefits of hiring based on key skills, attributes and personality

A candidate's drive to succeed in a particular role within a specific environment is determined by their key skills, motivations, attributes, values and preferences.

We are able to assess whether there is alignment in goals, values, drivers and interests necessary in the role and within the need of your organisation.

“Regardless of (learnt) skills and experience, if the culture fit is not a match, there is an increased risk of failure in the first six months.”

A candidate’s level of fit within a particular work culture is not determined by their previous experience, but on less tangible qualities such as their transferable skills and personal attributes.

The core skills we as a recruiter are looking for

We are looking for candidates who have transferable skills. Transferable skills are a key set of skills and abilities that can be useful, regardless of the organisation or role.

There are four core skills that hirers should be focusing on:

Organisational skills such as time management or research skills

Communication skills such as listening and writing

Interpersonal skills like empathy, flexibility and cultural fit

Analytical skills such as critical thinking and problem solving.

We find the best measure of success is to look for demonstrated skills working in diverse cultures, someone’s ability to work autonomously and as a team member, individuals who can demonstrate problem solving and difficult conversations, as well as being a empathic listener

Someone who arrives on time and is well prepared for the interview demonstrates attention to detail and a genuine interest in the role and also someone who is inquisitive will listen and ask relevant questions.

The rise in desire for technical skills

As workplaces become increasingly automated and tech-driven, there is an increasing need for candidates to include technical skills as part of their core attributes.

In this digital age, everything we do revolves around some form of electronic device. Technical skills and expertise in coding, analysis and knowledge of the major software programs are becoming the norm when recruiting, particularly for entry-level roles.

In a competitive market, businesses have to be as agile as possible, this means becoming industry leaders and responding to changing market conditions and new business opportunities.

Hiring purely based on a candidate’s previous experience and skills can be limiting. By looking at candidates’ transferable skills and attributes, these candidate can be developed to rock stars of your company.

meetus@US Global Executive Search, Global Leadership Coaching www.meetus.us

We want to find the best fit for your company, help your team or individual to have a smooth transition in the new Leadership Role or cultural environment.

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