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4 Elements Every Perfect Job Candidate Possesses

Posted by James Patrick Kahler on October 16, 2015

Do you consider yourself to have a good eye for recognizing talent? 

Regardless of whether you said yes or no, it doesn’t really matter when it comes to hiring. If you’re making a hiring decision based off of your ‘good eye’ or ‘gut feeling,’ then you’re doing it the wrong way.

Finding your next great employee is typically the end game of the hiring process for any position. Yet before you can get to that point, you have to know what to look for—and it takes more than just physically judging a candidate by his or her appearance (just because someone wears a fancy suit and is well spoken doesn’t mean he or she is going to be the right fit for the job).


Check for these four essentials...

There are four elements most qualified candidates will all possess and show during the interview process. Sometimes it takes a few conversations or talking to several of the candidate’s references, but if the job candidate shows all four of the following elements, then you should strongly consider hiring that person.

1.)  The Right Attitude—this may vary depending on what position you’re hiring for since all jobs require a specific attitude to succeed at some level. Nevertheless, there are several, general attitudes that will work well for anyone in any position, such as positivity, respect, dedication, etc. You know what this position entails, so you’ll know the right attitude when you see and/or hear it.

2.)  Sense of Accountability—no one wants an employee who points fingers every time the (you know what) hits the fan. A job candidate who has a great sense of accountability will take your business far. Be sure to ask candidates to tell you of a time in the past when he or she took accountability during a difficult time and then resolved the issue.

3.)  Past-Related Job Success—all you have to do is ask! Resumes can tell you a decent amount about candidates, but it’s better to ask and get more details. Simply hearing a candidate explain his or her success can also give you a better sense of what that person is really like, as well as how he or she might be able to perform in the future.

4.)  Culture Fit—it shouldn't matter how smart or talented a person is: if that person is a real jerk, then no one will want to work with them. Culture fit is vital to how your business runs on a daily basis. Not everyone has to be best friends, but work will almost always be more enjoyable if everyone respects one another. There are ways to check and see if someone’s personality is the right culture for your company, like a DiSC assessment test.

These are just four essential elements that ideal candidates possess. To fully learn how to identify and hire the perfect candidate, download our complimentary eBook below.

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About the Author

James Patrick Kahler is Hireology’s Copywriter & Content Specialist. He is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and has over four years of professional experience writing for various industries. Outside of the office (and sometimes inside), he has a passion for comedy, advertising and his Cleveland sports teams…all of them.