Should You Hire for Experience or Personality?

Most entrepreneurs look for the “perfect” candidate with the “perfect” resume when hiring. But often, that person’s personality is a more relevant factor.
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April 01, 2013

One of the hardest aspects of running a growing business is hiring. The moment you decide you need to hire you simultaneously feel exhilaration (driven by the fact your business is doing well enough that you not only need help, but can afford to get it) and dread (the idea of now managing employees and all their “issues”).

There are countless pieces of advice about how to hire the perfect employees. But hiring is complicated and dependent on a lot of factors. Alex Schiff of Fast Company offers insights into choosing the best hire. First you need to figure out what type of person you’re really looking for. Not the position you’re filling, but who you want to fill it. Are you hiring for experience (do they have what you need?), salary (how much can you afford to pay?) or personality (will they fit in with your corporate culture?)?

In my experience, candidates who appear perfect on paper but don’t fit the company culture inevitably end up as bad hires. It’s likely other people will tell you differently. So before you place a help-wanted ad, determine what factor is most important to you, and hire that person.

[Fast Company]

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