Defining Your Ideal Employee…

5th May 2021

“The greatest asset of a company is its people.”

Jorge Paulo Lemann, Co-founder, Banco Garantia

Whether you are looking to employ someone for the first time or you already have a team and are hoping to expand, deciding on the right candidate can be tricky one.

Sometimes the recruitment process can feel like a box ticking exercise. One people get caught up in without stopping to really think about not just what, but who they are looking for.

It is worth knowing and noting down the qualities and traits of the type of person you’re searching for before running full speed into the recruitment stages. It’s really good to understand what it is that you want from your new employee to ensure the final candidate doesn’t fall short.

Below we walk you through defining your perfect employee and why it’s beneficial for your business.

Is the candidate a good fit?

If you already have a team, it is vital to find someone who will fit well into said team! Having a good grasp of the culture of your company before you begin your search really, really helps.

Start off your thinking broadly. Consider the type of people who usually succeed at roles such as this, within your organisation or even other similar organisations. With this clarity, then is time to home into the specifics of the individual that would be best for you to recruit.

Here are some tips for finding someone who fits well:

1. Look at what qualities your successful employees have

Taking a look at the desirable qualities your current employees possess is a good indicator of what to look for in candidates. Alternatively, you can look at the qualities you think might be missing from your team and focus your search for someone possessing those.

2. Involve team members in the interview process

Interviews don’t just have to be with the interviewer alone. Bringing in members of your team can help to determine whether the candidate’s personality is a good fit. Outside perspectives always lead to a more rounded final decision.

3. Ask about the candidate’s goals and passions

What do they care about? You probably have a good idea of the passions of your team already. Keep this at the forefront of your mind to help you determine whether your candidate’s passions are in line with your team’s and your company’s overall mission. Don’t underestimate the importance of this, when finding the right ‘fit’.

What are the desirable qualities?

The particular type of qualities you are searching for in an employee will vary depending on the type of work involved in the job. For example, if you have a big team of employees where everyone needs to work well together, you might look for someone with good team working skills. However, if you are looking for an employee to fill a space where they will be working mostly alone, you might look for someone who has strong independent and self-management qualities. You’d need to concentrate on them being able to be assertive and willing to show their initiative too.

Thinking about the type of role you need the employee to fit can help you to figure out what type of person you are after. It goes without saying that there are particular qualities that will be universal across all roles e.g you would always want your employees to be honest and hard-working!

To get the ball rolling, below we list some key qualities you might be looking for. These characteristics can be applicable to anyone, regardless of sex, age, background, experience or qualifications.

1. Reliability

When you are looking for an employee, it’s important to find someone reliable. Good employees are consistent in their work and dependable. It will benefit your business to have loyal employees.

2. Integrity

Honesty, humility and the ability to be held accountable give a person integrity and are great traits. People with integrity you’ll find more comfortable to use their autonomy in their position too. Helping take the pressure off higher management.

3. Team player

It’s vital to have hard-working, team spirited individuals working for your organisation.  Employees who have good interpersonal communication skills will be a great asset to any team.

4. Passion

Some of the best employees are passionate. Their drive to achieve can set them apart. Motivation and optimism are contagious so those with plenty to spare can inspire team members to achieve more.

It all starts at the top

It’s worth mentioning that good employers keep good employees. It is vital to build genuine, strong relationships from the outset and to build trust with your employees.

When there is a high level of trust between employer and employee, employees will feel more confident and willing to do their best and progress within your company, helping you reaching your business’ full potential – together.

By really taking the time to define your ideal employee, you will find filling the job role far easier. This will result in a more productive, cohesive team, that will help your business to flourish in the long run.

If you would like help finding your ideal employee, get in touch today to see how Purple HR can support you.

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