A candidate’s list of skills and work history can speak volumes about how the candidate will perform in a given job position. Though, there are other things to consider when selecting the right candidate for the role. Soft and hard skills are core elements to consider, and recruiters typically utilize skill-based hiring to determine the candidate's ability. 

So, here is the question. Should you select a candidate based on their job history and skills only? While these are important factors, it is essential to take other things into consideration. The following includes additional elements to think about when looking for the right candidate. 


Passion & Integrity 

Many career coaches say, “Your resume isn’t your tattoo.” While a resume is an excellent way for candidates to demonstrate their ability, you need to look beyond that. For example, their personality, work ethic, integrity, and passion for the role are important.

Delia Caluser, a job search strategist and a former recruiter, says, “Hiring isn’t about impressive titles. It’s about finding the right work ethic and character.” Sometimes, you may want to take a chance on someone they can train to do the job instead of someone who has all of the qualifications for the position. 


Eagerness to Learn 

Often recruiters ask candidates how their work history and skills match the job position the candidate applied for. This may be a great indicator of the candidate’s ability to do the job, but it doesn’t show their eagerness to learn new skills. Their motivation and passion for learning new skills can impact productivity and increase employee retention rates. 


Communication Skills 

Effective communication in a workplace always goes a long way in setting expectations and achieving company goals. It allows employees to get things done productively and build relationships of trust and commitment. Candidates with excellent communication skills may help reduce conflict and improve productivity. That’s why teachers always say, “There’s no such thing as a stupid question!” to encourage students to ask any question they have in mind. The same goes for the workplace; candidates willing to offer their advice and effectively communicate with their peers can help create a better employer-employee dynamic and increase overall productivity at work. 


While there’s no solid answer on whether or not you should hire candidates just based on their experiences and skills, it is always best to consider other elements like communication skills, passion, and work ethic. We’re looking to hire people and not just the resume at the end of the day, right?

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Rene Cheng