The Results Are In: Top Desired Characteristics of a Job Candidate

In the current employment market, hiring managers and recruiters are working overtime to find qualified candidates to fill open job orders. But what are they looking for?

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”
  • “Dependability/Attendance”
  • “Character and Ethics”
  • “Reliability”
  • “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!

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!

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