Can’t Figure Out Who To Hire? Look For This Trait…

It’s perpetually surprising to learn how few companies know what qualities they need in an employee.

Some can identify a skill or two. But often, those people are the exception rather than the rule. And it’s tempting, in time-consuming job searches, to take a narrow/linear approach to “finding the right person.”

That’s a mistake. And a potentially costly one at that.

“Hire for character because you can always teach skill” is a useful framework for these circumstances, especially when you’re looking for someone who’ll be responsible for critical deliverables like media relations or marketing strategies.

When it comes to figuring out who to hire, we recommend keeping an eye out for the following trait:

A Balanced Ego

Strong character results from the solid framework of a balanced ego, which includes all the positive “self” qualities: self-awareness, self-motivation, self-restraint, and self-confidence. Individuals with a balanced ego have a reasonable sense of judgment or perception – an ability to gauge themselves in relation to others in diverse situations. They won’t be right 100% of the time (because, obviously, no one is!) but they’re always willing and able to correct themselves.

On the other hand, an imbalanced ego creates a framework with potential weaknesses, including all the negative “self” qualities: self-centeredness, self-seeking, self-righteous, selfish, and sometimes self-consciousness. Unfortunately, these negative traits are often compounded by a lack of self-perception and an unwillingness to admit and fix one’s mistakes.

Cultivating a balanced ego and being open to self-correction is a hallmark of strong character and a crucial element of growth and development. It fosters better relationships with others and leads to personal growth and resilience in the face of challenges.

Individuals with a balanced ego don’t just work for your company; they embody your company’s values and mission. They contribute not only through their skills but also by fostering a culture of curiosity, innovation, and effective communication. These individuals become integral to your organization, helping it thrive and succeed.

If you’re struggling to figure out who to hire or to identify what qualities you’re looking for in an employee, consider tailoring your interview questions and process to seek out the trademarks of a balanced ego. As you listen to candidates’ stories and answers, it’ll become easier and easier to see who possesses these valuable characteristics – and who definitely doesn’t.



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Smart, Savvy + Associates is a recruitment agency that specializes in connecting companies with marketing, communications and creative professionals at all levels, from coordinators to C-suite. Based in Vancouver, B.C., our team of marketers-turned-recruiters have an in-depth understanding of the industry and work diligently to find best-in-class talent for each search. Get started today.