5 Qualities That Make an Employee Great


qualities of a great workerWhat separates a good hiring manager from an excellent hiring manager? An excellent hiring manager has the ability to look at a job candidate and know that the potential employee has the qualities of a great employee. Unfortunately, hiring managers don’t have a lot of time to make that decision, so awareness of key qualities is imperative. What qualities make a great employee? How can you distinguish between a poor job candidate and a great potential employee? These are questions that aren’t industry specific, because the core principles of a great employee are the same:

  1. Honest. Has the potential employee been 100% honest on their job application? If not, take that as a red flag. If a job candidate is not honest doing paperwork to get the job, there is a good chance they won’t be honest once hired.
  2. Work ethic. Has the job candidate done all the legwork to apply for the job? A job candidate that can’t do their homework to get the job probably won’t demonstrate great work ethic on the job. A strong work ethic is one quality that is hard to spot in a short interview with a hiring manager, but can be determined through a demonstrated history of success at previous positions.
  3. Dependable. Did the job candidate meet the deadlines during the application window? Were they on time for their job interview? Keep an eye on the clock, and use the information in your hiring decision.
  4. Positive Attitude. Listen carefully to the job candidate and watch his or her body language. Is he or she upbeat and positive? Or is the job candidate openly critical of their last employer? Some personality types are harder to read than others, but be attentive about reading your candidate’s body language and whether they have the positive attitude you need in your workplace.
  5. Communication skills. Pay attention to the way the candidate communicates with you during the job interview. Even if the employee is isolated from others while performing job duties, at some point they have to communicate with their fellow employees and supervisor.

Once you know what qualities you’re looking for in a great employee, establish the standard as part of your company’s hiring practices. If your company needs information on establishing solid hiring practices, and selecting the best job candidate for your company, consult a staffing firm with expertise in hiring and on-boarding employees. Nissen Staffing Continuum consultants can guide you through the hiring process from beginning to end. Your business goals become their business goals, reached with a company of great employees.

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