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?
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?
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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