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SKILLS VS. PERSONALITY: WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT?

You want to hire the best person for the job.

The obvious first step is to scan candidates’ resumes for evidence of their hard skills, right? Then comes the interview, which serves as an opportunity to get to know the candidates, to try to gain a window into their respective personalities, with the end goal of determining how well they will “fit in”. Then, it is decision time.

Many say that personality matters more than skill set

According to an extraordinarily revealing study conducted recently, personality trumps skill set during the hiring process most of the time.

Here’s what the results looked like. Seventy eight percent of respondents chose "personality" as the quality they most desired in employees. “Cultural alignment” was next; "skill-set”, last. As for the personality traits employers most value, they include—in descending order—“drive”, “creativity”, and “open-mindedness”.

These results may come as a surprise, particularly as they relate to the tech industry, in which skills cannot be overlooked entirely. The conclusion was that personality matters more than skills when vetting job candidates.

Richard Branson, founder of the conglomerate Virgin Group, agrees. Here’s what Branson had to say about the topic in an article he wrote that appeared on LinkedIn: “The first thing to look for when searching for a great employee is somebody with a personality that fits with your company culture. Most skills can be learned, but it is difficult to train people on their personality. If you can find people who are fun, friendly, caring and love helping others, you are on to a winner.”

Hiring: A balancing act

Most if not all employers strive to hire people whose personalities translate into team players who are driven and passionate about their work. But not all employees can have the same personality, or clashes and potentially unhealthy competition will ensue.

Then there’s the skill piece. Yes, it’s true that some skills can be taught. But it’s downright dangerous or just plain poor judgment to hire someone to be, say, a computer programmer if he or she has zero experience, skills or natural inclination toward programming, or to hire a writer who has all the drive in the world to become a writer—but no idea how to formulate a simple sentence.

No one ever said hiring was easy. Making good hiring choices involves time, patience, introspection, and external input. Even then, what seemed like the perfect candidate can sometimes turn out to be a nightmare employee. But when you put the effort into getting to know a candidate’s personality and skill set prior to making an offer, and balancing these two competing priorities based on your company’s needs, chances are you’ll come up with a winner.

Experience: a strong foundation for success

Much like skill, experience functions as one of the most significant variables in the recruitment decision-making process. In mission-critical roles that require a threshold level of skill and experience to ascertain a candidate's suitability, accumulated experience may serve as the most important factor. For example, it would be ill-advised to rely on factors like fit and personality rather than verifiable experience when filling managerial positions, or when staffing technical kitchen roles.

So, should you hire for skills or personality?

There is no right or wrong answer to this question. When you’re faced with a tough hiring decision between two candidates, you’re going to have to make the best choice for your company. The right choice depends on several different factors. Are you going to hire someone with all the degrees, certifications, book smarts, and portfolios you could ever want OR are you going to judge a job candidate on their human attributes like attitude, values, people skills, and personality? It’s a tough situation to be in.

There are three key questions to ask yourself:

  1. What’s better for your company?

  2. What’s better for your team?

  3. What does the job require?

Ultimately, it is your decision whether you are going to hire for skills or personality. Make the best choice for your company based on the person, the job, and the role. There are no clear cut answers here. It really does just depend on the situation.

 Find the right balance and you’ll boost your company’s bottom line.

 

 

 
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Skills make dreams happen. They build economies. They make people rich and famous. In today’s world, the demands for skills are staggering. Government, business and individuals have too much to achieve, their goals are huge. They are constantly, and I do mean constantly, looking for people with the right skills. People that can get the job done. Emi Iyalla

 



 

 

 
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Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.-Mahatma Gandhi

   
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The people with whom you work reflect your own attitude. If you are suspicious, unfriendly and condescending, you will find these unlovely traits echoed all about you.
But if you are on your best behavior, you will bring out the best in the persons with whom you are going to spend most of your working hours.
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The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the man you want to be. Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others. Wilfred Peterson

 
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I’ve hired for the person, for the job, as a favor — I’ve done it all —  but I can tell you that at the end of the day, it’s a balancing act to ensure you get the right mix of passion, drive, expertise, talent, and teamwork that will help your corporate environment flourish. Robert Herjavec

 
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Destroy your life; then put it back together. You'll get great material, meet some fascinating characters and – side benefit – the skills you develop will give you greater compassion, insight and range with the people you create on the page – or run into off of it. Jerry Stahl

 
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People who fail to use their emotional intelligence skills are more likely to turn to other,
less effective means of managing their mood.
They are twice as likely to experience anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and even thoughts of suicide.
Travis Bradberry

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Through my education, I didn't just develop skills, I didn't just develop the ability to learn, but I developed confidence. Michelle Obama

 

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