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Hiring – why it’s more important to focus on mindset than a skillset

If you are an employer looking to hire new talents, then it’s time you step out of your shoes. Yes, that’s right. When you are about to add some new people to your team, you also have to look at them as a colleague, rather than as a boss. You will be surprised how much this can open your eyes.

Too often employers don’t consider that the people they hire can be good at what they do but if they don’t fit the work environment and the business culture, they are unsuitable. According to a study by Leadership IQ, 46% of newly – hired employees will fail within 18 months, while only 19% will achieve unequivocal success. Why is that? Because they were hired for skills and not for a mindset. Contrary to popular belief, technical skills are not the primary reason why new hires fail, instead poor interpersonal skills dominate the list, flaws which many of their managers admit were overlooked during the job interview process.

Upon completing the 5,247 interviews, Leadership IQ categorized the top five reasons why new hires failed. The following are the top areas of failure, matched with the percentage of respondents:

Why is it important to focus on mindset?

Skills can be learned. You can train people, you can lead them, or educate, but you can’t change who they are. If you focus on the personality skills they have, you can later train them to whatever skills you need them to have professionally. If you, however, choose someone who fits your job description and he or she doesn’t get along with their colleagues, you’ll find yourself in a tough position. That’s why it’s easier to teach someone what they have to do at work than to teach them how to be better in communication.

The State of the American Job Report Pew Research discovered that jobs requiring social skills have grown 83%And it makes perfect sense. You are developing a team that needs to work together and crave results that can only be accomplished if unity exists. Every worker is good at their line but if all of them work with one aim – they can easily achieve it. This is the number one reason why you need employees that get along perfectly

Look for passion, not experience

Too often young people can’t start the job they want due to a lack of experience. Nearly 91% of employers responding to NACE’s Job Outlook 2017 survey prefer that their candidates have work experienceBut what they don’t keep in mind is that candidates that have lots of experience in a specific field often no longer have passion for it. While at the same time, young people are truly motivated to do the same job. 

Sometimes offering a training program or an internship could be a great way to explore someone’s potential. They will be more eager to learn, motivated to get better, and passionate. And we all know passion leads to the best results.  Long-term this could be a great opportunity for your team.

Don’t ignore previous experience, just because it’s irrelevant 

It is significant to look at a candidate’s resume thoroughly. Any previous experience can be a sign of specific work behaviour and personally developed skills. For example, sales associates usually learn how to communicate better with customers; customer support employees are great at solving problems; fast-food employees are amazing multitaskers, and so on.

What is important that, if a CV is done right, you can read what duties employees used to have and assume what mindset their role gave them

That’s why a full resume consists of leisure activities, previous art or sports interests, and acquired skills over the years. You are hiring a person after all, and this person should better be a great fit for your working environment if you want to succeed.

What mindset and personal skills should employee have?

Speaking of valuable skills, we should also share what qualities you need to look for that can help you hire a great talent to your team. 

Attention to detail – There are many employees that only focus on the big picture and miss important details that are crucial to their work. That’s why you should be looking for someone who double-checks their work and pays attention to every bit of it. 

Getting along with everyone – It’s a thin line between someone who truly gets along with many diverse personalities and someone who is a hypocrite. If you find the one that is just good with people and doesn’t like pointless argues, you’d be finding the best new hire. 

Accepts feedback and sees realistically – When things get tough, and sometimes they do, employees need to be able to accept well when they receive criticism. A good employee is realistic about his or her own minuses and is eager to get better.

Responsible and decision-maker – The better employees are the ones that make decisions fast and of course, for the right reasons. On top of that, responsibility is a gold mine that all employers value in their workers. 

Eagerness to learn and improve – Whether you hire someone 20-something-years-old or an older and more experienced person, they always need to have eagerness for learning. An employee who is always ready to improve is a treasure.

Mindset and values – And, last but not least, the focus should always be – mindset and values. 

To sum up

What employers need to know is it is better for them to hire people that believe in integrity. When that’s on-site, everything else will also fall into place. 

Meanwhile, relevant experience is not always necessary to search in a candidate. It could be found that the activities in his previous work experience can be a sign of specific work behavior.

In relation to the work experience, not every time it is the only thing to look for. Employee’s coachability, emotional intelligence and motivation are also meaningful for the successful working process.