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Aug 01, 2016

What to Look For When Hiring an Employee

With a pool of recent college graduates applying for jobs and internships, it can be difficult to narrow down, and choose, potential employees that will be the best fit for your company. There are few key factors I heavily consider when I’m conducting new hire interviews. My team is small, but solid. I owe it mostly to these four things I look for when hiring an employee.

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1. Only Wants to Work For You
It seems like a given, but you would be surprised by the amount of people who apply to jobs just for the sake of it. They are casting a wide net, but why does that mean you should consider them for your team? The potential employee should be genuinely excited to be working at your company, like it’s their dream job. A true test is to look at their expression when you review their job duties. Are they genuinely getting excited as you tell them all their tasks or are they non emotional? You don’t want to waste your time with people who are just looking for a temporary fill for their time before they find something else.

2. Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Attitude
Of course, you want an employee with experience and relatable skills to your business, but you also want someone who wants and is willing to learn. Teams thrive on efficiency and if one member is too set in their ways, it can negatively affect your business. Your potential employees should be all about getting in the office early and putting in the work. They should thrive on learning from their boss, their coworkers, and their industry.

3. Work Hard, Play Hard
If you’ve seen our past articles, including 5 Ways to Maintain Office Morale, we are a team who loves to do fun things together. My team definitely works hard and gets their work done, but understands how important it is to build upon relationships with one another. You should be considering candidates who will not only be a solid asset to your business but who also mesh well with your staff and corporate culture. Could they get along with the others and choose to spend time with staff outside of work? I have found that employees who only come to work and leave with no intention of investing in the people and relationships around them are harder to  keep around in the long run.

4. What Does their Social Footprint Look Like?
You need to know how your team is presenting themselves at all times. If potential hires aren’t putting the effort into streamlining their own social media image, then how can you trust they will do the same for your company and clients? I like to do a quick Instagram check during an interview and review the candidate’s account in addition to asking them to style something to see what their aesthetic is like.

Your team is the sole representation of your business. You want them to be known as the best of the best, so it’s worth going the extra mile to recruit talent with good work ethic, drive, and who would fit with your brand!

xo, Leila Lewis, WeddingPR

For more tips like these and to learn how to take your business to the next level, reach out about my business consulting program.  Can’t wait to connect with you!

  • Heather

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  • Rachel

    Love these tips!

  • Shalynn

    This is so good for both the potential employer and employee! Love it.

  • Hannah

    These are amazing tips!!

  • Tina

    I’ve owned many businesses over the years… it can be so hard to find good help! But these qualities are a great place to start.

  • Carrie

    I’m interviewing for jobs and this is super helpful for me too!

    • How exciting Carrie! We are so glad this advice is helpful! We wish you the best in your endeavors.

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