Hiring For Culture: Find And Grow Top Talent Based On These Five Traits

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Hiring For Culture: Find And Grow Top Talent Based On These Five Traits
16 Sep 2021
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Since the beginning of 2020, there have been a number of changes in the employment market. The unemployment rate in the United States had fallen to 5.9 percent by June 2021, from over 15 percent in April 2020. In the spring of last year, most on-site sectors were severely disrupted by lockdowns and precautionary measures. #ThinkWithNiche

Recent graduates looking for internships and entry-level employment have limited choices. Some experienced experts choose to stay in their present jobs, leaving most mid-sized businesses with a tiny pool of suitable candidates.

Despite the ongoing shift in employment possibilities, talented Generation Z and Millennials are still hopeful that companies would relax their recruitment limitations or return to their normal office routines before the end of the year. Many entrepreneurs struggle to fill crucial jobs in marketing, project coordination, and even assistant-level employment due to a lack of awareness of what traits to look for when recruiting vs a standard job description. My team and I identified the top five variables for identifying and recruiting outstanding people who can manage billable work without a degree or formal experience as part of our recruitment cycle earlier this year, which resulted in 15 new employees.

1. Inspiration

During interviews, I inform each candidate of our hiring priorities.

We search for individuals in the following order: motivation, culture fit, and skill set. By "skills," I mean basic traits that make an individual suitable for a job regardless of educational background or past work experience.

Because of the current development of boot camps and online programmers, an additional certification is more popular than ever, especially during a pandemic. With the right onboarding programmer, displaying interest in the field and dedication to the craft is enough to propel a person to the next level. Unless you're hiring for a VP or director position, you might want to consider breaking down the job requirements into manageable tasks that can be taken up during the onboarding process. As a result, you'll have to make an extra investment, but the long-term rewards are usually well worth it.

2. Capability To Coach (Ability To Coach)

  • They can quickly learn new skills, making them helpful in a range of ever-changing industries. Examine the applicants' learning patterns for trends.

  • Have they enrolled in any new classes in the last several months or years?

  • They had to acquire a new skill in a short period of time.

  • What is their thinking process when asked to analyse an unfamiliar situation?

  • How do they manage criticism throughout the interview?

Moldable talent is someone who can quickly develop the necessary mental models and learn the fundamentals. When looking for the proper signs, make sure you're weeding out the brilliant, self-motivated applicants.

3. Efficiently Managing Your Time

Meeting deadlines and adhering to protocols necessitates superior time management abilities. Arriving on time is an interviewer's initial sign of professionalism (or 10 minutes early). Find out whether they've held a previous position (if relevant) or if they've been active in any organisations during their college experience. They've been promoted to managerial roles in retail or fast-food franchises, and they take their jobs seriously. There are numerous sectors that emphasise time management, so go further into their background to uncover any potential challenges or positive indicators in this part of their personality.

4. Knowledge of Information Organization

Teamwork is only possible if you follow protocols and keep on top of your to-do list at work. Questions to ask include: How do the candidates handle their weekly to-do list? Is it made up of personal duties, societal obligations, or academic assignments? Even new college graduates, for example, use a calendar application to keep track of their duties, or they use a digital tool to manage notes and to-do lists. They may be able to achieve a personal goal, such as losing 30 pounds in three months or learning a new language through a progressive neuro-linguistic programme. Others, as we've seen in our interviews, had to help their grandparents after school or run the family company while also completing their schooling. Look for highly motivated individuals that are serious about their job and devoted to reaching and surpassing goals while searching for the finest prospects.

5. Communication Is Essential

According to Nat Turner, a 19th-century enslaved black American, good communication is the bridge between doubt and clarity. Candidates must have good communication skills from the initial interview to the onboarding process and eventually to the next promotion in order to be successful. To stand out, the top applicants are able to ask the right questions and build complete sentences depending on their cognitive process. When they are unsure of a solution, quick thinkers evaluate the problem in context and suggest other options. Critical thinking and creative thinking are two more characteristics that may be used to solve complex challenges and find unconventional solutions to current problems. Set up a series of challenging questions and enable the candidate's replies to illustrate their readiness to take on new duties.


Millions of students graduate from colleges and universities each year. A diverse pool of competent applicants is accessible to the job market, owing to a combination of smart people who lost their employment in the previous year and employees who receive further training through boot camps and online courses. Keep these five principles in mind during your recruitment process to identify the best individuals and build long-lasting and profitable business connections.

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