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Qualities You Look For In New Employees

  1. Entrepreneur Help profile image61
    Entrepreneur Helpposted 7 years ago

    I am a technical educator and help prepare students for careers.  I've asked this question many times to business owners over the years, and would like to ask you as well.  When hiring a new employee, what do you look for in the person that you're interviewing?

    1. DogSiDaed profile image59
      DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Someone who has the right qualifications, shows a good all round knowledge, and somebody who can get along with people. Having individual skills might all be very well, but it's best to have people who can get along together is it not?

    2. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Adaptability, time-management and work ethic. smile

    3. monzavenue profile image59
      monzavenueposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      IMHO, an employee must be open-minded and humble because if he has these qualities he is highly trainable and can learn easily. Also, humility will help him get along with other co-workers easily.

      Just my two cents. smile

    4. profile image0
      B.C. BOUTIQUEposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Back before my disability, I was in a position of hiring, I always looked past appearance and went looked into the meaning of the answers they gave me when I asked questions. You can tell a person is lying by changes in eye, voice, and body movement. I believe everyone deserves a chance, but I think my biggest thing was if they were going to lie in an interview, they could not be trusted and I passed them over..even if it was the most schooled, best dressed, and most professional looking person out there.
      another thing I looked for was those eager to do any meaningless, thing..those meaningless things are important and if they are very eager and honest, those I gave the chance to.

    5. classicalgeek profile image88
      classicalgeekposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      OK, I'm a small business owner, so here's my list:
      1) after training, needs minimal amount of my time because I'm the one who does most of the work, and every minute I spend with an employee is a minute I'm not making money for the business (and their salaries)
      2) does not cause trouble in the company because again, then I have to take time away from my work to resolve personal differences. Therefore MUST get along well with others.
      3) I must be able to rely on them to meet their deadlines. I am in a deadline-driven business and I can't tell you how many people have cost me thousands of dollars because they were a "few minutes late." In this business promptness is not optional.
      4) They must be able to do whatever it takes to get the work RIGHT, to my satisfaction. It's my company's name on their product or service, and I'm the one ultimately responsible for their work, by virtue of being the owner of the company.

      This implies a whole lot of things like teamwork, ability to meet deadlines, knowledge of subject, etc. but the basic thing is they must allow me to do my job without distraction, and they must make the customers want to come back.

      I know this sounds very impersonal, but I pay my employees generously, have good relationships with them, and really care about them and their families, and work very well with them. This is a small business, there's a LOT of work to be done, and if I'm paying the new hires 5x minimum wage I want work that is worth what I'm paying them. (Incidentally, I get only a little over twice what the new hires make.)

  2. Dame Scribe profile image59
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    I would like to see indication of long term reliability, loyalty and commitment to the business smile

  3. emievil profile image84
    emievilposted 7 years ago

    Their academic background, how confident they are (because they will face clients, they have to be at least able to talk to other people), how committed they are to working for me (I don't want to be a fly-by-night employer or just something they're passing time with before they get the job they really want). In the long run, I want to see a steadfast commitment and loyalty to the firm. smile

    1. Oona Seckar profile image60
      Oona Seckarposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      This is what I don't understand.  Loyalty, before they've even worked for you and had a chance to find out what kind of employer you are?  Too many employers think loyalty only works one way...

      Some of them seem to think it means, "Jump when I say jump."

  4. emievil profile image84
    emievilposted 7 years ago

    Oh and welcome to HubPages!

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      grolyy1posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      i love you so much grolykoroma@yahoo.com

  5. Pearldiver profile image87
    Pearldiverposted 7 years ago

    Honesty
    Eye Contact
    Willingness to commit to personal and business growth.

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    1. emievil profile image84
      emievilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol lol lol

      Merry Christmas PD. *hugz*

      1. Pearldiver profile image87
        Pearldiverposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Ditto Em... Party hard lol

        1. emievil profile image84
          emievilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          lol here in forums I will big_smile. It's 45 minutes before midnight here and it's Christmas eve!

          1. Pearldiver profile image87
            Pearldiverposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            You are 5 hours behind NZ.... Are you in Thailand or the Philipines? hmm

            1. emievil profile image84
              emievilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              The lovely archipelago called Philippines smile.

          2. prettydarkhorse profile image65
            prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            hey Emievil, what did you cook for noche buena? yum yum yum, oh countdown, Christmas is early there and in PDs place too

            1. emievil profile image84
              emievilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Uhm, we don't prepare anything for noche buena. It's just my husband and me here smile. We're having spaghetti and salad tomorrow though big_smile.

              1. prettydarkhorse profile image65
                prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                fruit salad?

                1. emievil profile image84
                  emievilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Yep, with extra cherries because my husband love those.

  6. Dame Scribe profile image59
    Dame Scribeposted 7 years ago

    lol PD, don't scare our new Hubbers now, lol

  7. pioneer_writer5 profile image60
    pioneer_writer5posted 7 years ago

    How many jobs and the length of time spent at each job suggests whether or not the candidate can com mitt.I look at their educational back ground  the consistency, their major, and how much of their educational journey have they taken? If they are just beginning there may be more or less flexibility than if they are doing graduate studies.  I ask about their previous work experience with supervisors and fellow employees, and provide one or two scenarios to try to get at how they might relate to their fellow employees. As an educator you would also want to know how they will relate to their students. I would look into their work experience to see if they had any prior experiences ask them to relate said experiences and then provide one or two scenarios to get them to talk. The more they talk the better idea you get of what kind of employee this individual is. I usually have one or two unexpected questions that makes the interviewee think and reflectively respond.

  8. pioneer_writer5 profile image60
    pioneer_writer5posted 7 years ago

    And Welcome to Hub pages

  9. Cleanclover profile image59
    Cleancloverposted 7 years ago

    hire only female employees. Look for beautiful face, figure, and age.

  10. TMMason profile image74
    TMMasonposted 7 years ago

    I required that they not have used Affirmative Action to get through their schooling, and into their field. That their accomplishments be theirs, and not some fictionalized education handed to someone who doesn't know, and shouldn't be, because they cannot do it.

  11. Mike Lickteig profile image89
    Mike Lickteigposted 7 years ago

    I have never been impressed by a long list of qualifications--I have to get a sense the person has commitment and integrity.  They have to be able to get along with people--with co-workers, clients, and me.  They should be able to demonstrate they like themselves and others.  A cancerous personality cannot be overcome, regardless of job qualifications.

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    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    team player, driven and patience, preferably male and hot lol

  13. waynet profile image50
    waynetposted 7 years ago

    The ability to get the job done by asking them some tricky questions that they should have prepared the possible answers for, if they know nothing, then they don't get the job....I'm the master and they are merely peasants....muwahahahahaha!!

  14. efeguy profile image59
    efeguyposted 7 years ago

    you can see http://jobspremises.blogspot.com,

    maybe it will help.

  15. Entrepreneur Help profile image61
    Entrepreneur Helpposted 7 years ago

    WOW!  This is quick feedback.  I really appreciate all of feedback you all are providing.  Have a Merry Christmas.  Donnie

  16. Jumpness profile image61
    Jumpnessposted 7 years ago

    Passionate is the biggest one in my opinion. Read the book "The E-Myth Revisited." There is a chapter in there about employees. I LOVE IT. It changed my whole perspective on the interview process.

  17. aware profile image70
    awareposted 7 years ago

    skill

  18. LRobbins profile image79
    LRobbinsposted 7 years ago

    Attitude, you can train for skills, but if the attitude (can-do) is not there it's not going to be.

  19. theirishobserver. profile image60
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    A Pulse smile

  20. prettydarkhorse profile image65
    prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago

    innovativeness, capacity to learn new ideas

    one who will give savings to the company

    flexibility time hours rendered

  21. walkin profile image60
    walkinposted 7 years ago

    Following in the same order

    1) Job Skills
    2) Loyalty
    3) Patience
    4) Communication Skills

  22. theirishobserver. profile image60
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    A Heart Beat smile

 
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