A Manager’s Dream List: The Qualities To Search For When Hiring


Better Leadership Blog Interviews   What are REALLY the best qualities a manager can search for when hiring?  What makes the best employee?  Go beyond technical skills and education to get to the heart of what matters.  Here are the traits that really predict fit and success:







As a leader, you’re continually challenged to maintain and improve corporate culture and there’s no better place to start than with your next new hire.  You know the importance of making the right hiring decision, but have you modeled your ideal employee?  Here’s the check list I use for every new position:

  • Absolute integrity
  • High EQ and people skills
  • Knowledge of the industry
  • Sense of humor
  • Effective communicator
  • Strong functional skills
  • Strong personal work ethic
  • Grace under pressure
  • Demonstrates discretion
  • Maturity
  • Adherence to timelines
  • Wisdom and good judgment
  • Accessibility when needed
  • Willingness to mentor/be mentored
  • Significant professional network
  • Loyalty to the team/company
  • Demonstrates initiative

Knowing the type of person you want to hire guides the interview and helps ensure that a strong culture is maintained.  From here you can add a wish list for specific skills and background.  For me, this list is a foundation on which all other attributes are added.

What quality is most important in your organization?


Until next time,


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