In a past poll question, we asked what “red flags” leaders are overlooking to find employees, yet to build a talented team you need specific characteristics needed.
In May, we asked our readers what’s the number one characteristic they look for in a candidate. The results may surprise you.
With 40%, the top answer to the monthly poll was “trainable/willingness to learn,” followed by “cultural/personality fit,” with 20%. With 12% of the votes, readers said they need to have “relevant experience/expertise,” while another 6% of respondents said “strong soft skills” is the number one characteristic they look for in a candidate.
The rest of the results are as follows:
- Adaptability (5%)
- Strong communication skills (2%)
- Team oriented (2%)
- Meets education/certification requirements (1%)
Another 12% of respondents chose the “other” option. Here are a few of their responses:
- “Consistent/steady work history, at positions longer than 6 months”
- “Very good work ethic”
- “Character and Ethics”
- “Their ability to impress me during the interview”
- “Actually shows up for work every day!”
For more information about best questions to ask to find the ideal candidate, check out these articles from Refresh Leadership!
- Best Interview Questions to Ask Job Candidates – Job Attraction
- Best Interview Questions to Ask Job Candidates – Self-Concept
- Best Interview Questions to Ask Job Candidates – Weaknesses
- Best Interview Questions to Ask Job Candidates – Achievements
How do you choose the ideal candidate? As a leader, what questions do you ask to reveal the qualities and characteristics of an interviewee? Let us know in the comments section below!