What do you look for in an employee?
One of the key things we must look for and uncover in recruiting and then interviewing a potential employee has nothing to do with skills, prior successes, nor ability to do the job.
It's actually this: Does the person really fit in with the general "corporate personality"? That fit will define if the employee even has a chance to succeed regardless of great success elsewhere or will even want to stay once hired.
Included in that "corporate personality" are critical things like how people( management candidates and specific job type candidates)
- act as themselves and with others
- like to be managed v the usual management/supervision style at the company
- are they mostly Introverted or extroverted, work alone or in teams,
- type of supervision they actually need and want v where they need their independence to work on and manage doing their job.
- interact with each other, clients/customers, socialize,
- type of managing style as in delegate and let the employee do it with the manager checking in/reviewing on up to strict micromanaging,
- work together, get and receive advice, communicate
- empowerment to make decisions or not
Yes, that's a "company personality" and its the real word definition of what its like to work at the company. The employees "personality" as in their way of thinking, way of working, approaching, doing the job and doing things" must be a great fit.
If the way a company is or gets things done and it's core personality is too different than the potential employee, the potential employee, if hired, will fail, not because of lacking skill or experience but because of being a complete fish out of water in the company's real world working environment.
Get to that "match" early on in an interview and be brutally honest with yourself on if there is a great fit with the "corporate personality". Get below the hood, find how a person is and likes to work and, no matter how great the applicants credentials and accomplishments have been elsewhere, if the "corporate personality" fit isn't there, don't hire them.