The interviewing and hiring process is one of the most important aspects of developing an effective team. There are specific qualities and traits that should be acknowledged and considered during the pre-screening and interviewing process.
According to Hall (2019), there are seven individual qualities to look for during an interview. If team leaders hire individuals with these specific qualities or traits, they can develop an effective team for the organization.
|Competent||This is still the first factor to consider. Does the potential team member have the necessary skills, experience, and education to successfully complete the tasks you need performed?|
|Capable||Will this person complete not only the easy tasks but will he or she also find ways to deliver on the functions that require more effort and creativity? Being capable means the team member has the potential for growth as well as the ability and willingness to take on more responsibility.|
|Compatible||Can this person get along with colleagues and with existing and potential clients and partners? A critical component to also remember is the person’s willingness and ability to be harmonious with his or her boss. If the new team member cannot, there will be problems.|
|Commitment||Is the candidate serious about working long-term? Or is he or she just passing through, always looking for something better? A history of past jobs and time spent at each provides clear insight on the matter.|
|Character||Does the person have values that align with yours? Are they honest? Do they tell the truth and keep promises? Are they above reproach? Are they a selfless team player?|
|Culture||Every business has a culture or a way that people behave and interact with each other. Culture is based on certain values, expectations, policies, and procedures that influence the behavior of a leader and team members. Team members who do not reflect a company’s culture tend to be disruptive and difficult.|
|Compensation||As the employer, be sure the person hired agrees to a market-based compensation package and is satisfied with what is offered. If not, a team member may feel unappreciated and, therefore, underperform. Be careful about offering flexible schedules or vacations as part of an offer package; if not handled well, it will create future challenges.|
Authored by Kerrie Roberson, DHA, MBA, MSN, BSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, WAAD