Finding a top candidate is much more involved than simply searching for the person with the most impressive resume. If you want to get the best fit for your team, you need someone with the skills to do the job and the personality to fit in with your team.
The importance of a candidate’s character cannot be emphasized enough. You want to hire a person whose values and behaviors align with that of your company — not someone likely to be a liability.
3 Ways to Begin Evaluating Job Candidate Character
Preparing to interview a candidate for a position on your team? Use these three tips to evaluate their overall character:
- Pay Attention to How They Treat Your Staff
As the hiring manager, it’s pretty much a given that every candidate is going to treat you in a respectful manner. How they behave towards the rest of your staff when you’re not looking is what’s really telling. For example, if a person is rude or condescending to your intern or administrative assistant, you can be certain that’s their true character shining through.
- Ask Behavioral Interview Questions.
It’s difficult to learn much about a candidate when asking only “yes” or “no” questions. Dig deeper and ask more thought-provoking inquiries to uncover their real disposition. For example, you can learn more about their level of integrity by having them describe a situation where they were asked to compromise their personal values. Or you can assess their ability to function as part of a team by asking them to describe their most recent instance of group work.
- Trust Your Instincts.
If you have a bad feeling about a candidate, there’s probably a very good reason. Your gut doesn’t lie, so there’s no need to second-guess it. Think of how much you’ll regret your decision if you opt to hire the person anyway and all of your fears about them turn out to be correct.
Don’t settle for anything but the best fit for your team. Contact PrideStaff North Dallas.
Our team is committed to the lasting success of our clients, so we won’t stop searching until we’ve found the best person for the job. We take pride in the lasting relationships we have with our clients and talent in the Dallas area.