When going through the hiring process it is easy to get hung up on the specific skills that are related to the position. While this is important (you wouldn’t hire a writer who couldn’t spell) there are a few over-arching skills that are vital for ensuring successful hiring practices. Here are the five top skills that you should look for:
Time management is important in any industry. You need employees who have no problem meeting deadlines and who have the ability to juggle multiple priorities without getting overwhelmed. Someone with good time management skills will be able to get quality work submitted, on time, without you having to look over their shoulder.
Poor communication skills often cause unnecessary problems in the workplace and that is the last thing you need when trying to run a successful department. Effective communication skills include the ability to listen to both managers and coworkers, as well as the capacity to respond effectively. A person with these skills is almost always guaranteed to be a competent writer and speaker which translates into them being able to get their message across both accurately and successfully, whether it be via email or in a Zoom call. A great communicator is always an asset.
Even if you are hiring for an entry level position, leadership skills are something to be on the lookout for. Like many employers, you may prefer to promote from within, but making sure to promote the people with evidence of strong leadership skills is important. This will provide you with employees who are able to step up as your business morphs and grows. Obviously, they still need to be able to take direction, however someone with good leadership skills will also be able to take charge when they need to, which definitely helps take some of the pressure off.
Teamwork is key. Even positions that are largely independent require a certain amount of collaboration. Make sure that anyone you hire has the ability to work well with all types of people. This will promote a positive company culture and do wonders for innovation and creativity within your department. Employees working in sync can create magic!
Employees that take initiative are extremely valuable. They are not waiting around for direction and are always on the lookout for ways to contribute, no matter what their position in the company. These types of individuals are always happy to take on new projects and learn as much as they can. Employees that take initiative are highly promotable and will play an integral role in the growth and success of your business.