Great companies require great employees. To find diamonds in the rough, you need to look beyond skills, education, and experience. Below are a list of ideal traits and interview questions you can ask to try to identify them.
Employers need people who do what they say they will do and show up when they say they’ll arrive. To meet company deadlines, you need dependable people. They will take their jobs seriously and are capable of bearing additional responsibility.
Interview question: Tell me about a time when the workday ended before you were able to finish a task.
Who doesn’t want to hire someone who will go the extra mile? Ambitious people have lofty goals and expectations of themselves. Ambition triggers creative ideas and a go-getter attitude. It’s important, however, to make sure these workers do not alienate others while working toward their goals.
Interview question: Where do you want to be in 5 years? 10 years?
In any relationship, personal or professional, communication is fundamental. Poor communicators can cause many issues within the company and with clients, resulting in lost opportunity. Effective communicators keep projects flowing and morale high.
Interview question: How would you describe your communication style?
Who wants to be around negative or unhappy people? Answer: no one! Employers and co-workers alike want to be around people who will come to work with a smile. Positive behavior is contagious! Hiring optimists improves teamwork and creates a strong culture.
Interview question: Would you describe yourself as an optimist or a pessimist? Why?
Managers are busy. If they are forced to micromanage and always tell their staff what to do, they can quickly become overburdened. Self-sufficient employees get the job done while allowing managers to think ‘big picture.’
Interview question: If your co-worker was sick and you had to step in to help, what’s the first thing you would do?
Confidence is important. Arrogance is another thing. Nobody likes to be around someone who brags and boasts. Preferred candidates prove their value through their hard work rather than through words.
Interview question: What work experiences have prepared you to be successful in this position?
It’s important to perform well an individual and as a team member. Teamwork requires patience, tolerance, and social skills. A solid team gets work done faster while having more fun!
Interview question: Do you work better as a team or by yourself? Why?
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