By Len Adams, CPC, CSP

The corporate world is always changing. Adapting to these changes is important and finding the right candidate for the organization is just as essential. After all, employees are the core of an organization. They are the people who man the desks and keep the business up and running. Simply put: a business cannot run without their employees. It is evident that companies would like to hire candidates that will contribute greatly to their organizations’ goals.

Any business owner would want to have good employees. Hiring the right candidate can be a demanding procedure. When companies hire the right employee for the job, it is actually an investment in itself. Employees who fit right for the tasks compensates the company through productivity, helping flourish the working environment and culture, which is overall a positive influence. However, the cost of hiring the wrong employee can harm a healthy working environment, not to mention it is also wastes time.

Selecting the best candidate greatly improves the work culture. These employees contribute to the self-confidence of their colleagues, which can help in innovating plans for the company, propelling the company’s goals, and finally accomplishing them. There is no precise guideline to finding and hiring the best candidate as each company’s needs differ from the other, but there are basic criteria that need to be evident when screening. When picking candidates, companies need to look at how adaptive, analytical, cooperative, resourceful, and their eagerness to learn.

Most often, what companies look into is the attitude of candidates to see if they have the flexibility to bend with the culture of the company. Change is the only constant thing that is present in most organizations. Employees need to grow and evolve or else they will be left behind by progress. Adapting to new positions and embodying a new outlook are important when it comes to weathering out the changes the industry brings.

Critical thinking is one of the attributes of a deserving employee. They should be able to synthesize and analyze their surroundings and tasks. This starts off during job interviews, when they are encouraged to ask questions about the organization they are applying to. It shows that how candidates can be attentive, incorporate what they had heard to their understanding, and finally ask the essential questions regarding the focus of the business. The hiring process needs to have interview questions that can tap into how the candidate thinks. It also shows how their patience, response to inquiry, and how they react under certain circumstances.

Teamwork is nothing new in a business organization. In a place where there are numerous tasks that needs to be attended to, it is not a surprise that people are working together. Despite that the corporate environment is a competitive place, it should not get in the way of teamwork. A candidate cannot be so independent that they refuse to work with others; progress would be slow if that would happen and infighting would most likely occur between employees. A candidate that understands their own train of thought can be amplified by teamwork and a variety of ideas.

Being resourceful is one critical skill of outstanding employees. Improvising the best solution on a problem that seemingly has a dead-end showcases skill and critical analysis in the face of pressure. Resourcefulness is about improving of what is available; it is not just about constructing something new, but also make old methods work better.

Learning never stops; it is a life-long development and the knowledge we acquire is never enough. The same can be said for candidates who stand out among the rest. Candidates who are always thirsty for knowledge and new skills are known to be versatile and open-minded. A cultured staff is an essential part of a company’s accomplishment and growth.

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