When looking to hire new employees for your company, consider a different approach. Usually an interview is filled with questions regarding past work experience, and relevant skills.
What are your greatest strengths?
What are your biggest weaknesses?
Why should we hire you?
Try delving deeper.
Ask questions that unearth the applicant’s personality, as well as her skill set. Get to know the applicant by framing the interview like a conversation in which you pay attention to the applicant’s personality traits and try to determine which role she could fill within your business.
Which personality gaps exist within your workplace? Are you lacking, say, creativity? Or leadership? To develop balance, harmony, and efficiency within your team, it’s a good idea to have representation of each of the five following personalities:
1. The Leader
“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” -John C. Maxwell
A leader inspires, energizes, and encourages others. A leader is comfortable supervising and managing the rest of the team. She must be able to resolve conflict and provide helpful feedback to keep the business growing. A leader isn’t necessarily extroverted, but she must be able to effectively communicate with all other personalities and properly delegate tasks when needed.
2. The Dreamer
“Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.” -Robin S. Sharma
The dreamer dreams!—of more efficient futures, of better branding, of solutions to those ever-occurring problems. He thinks, How can I make this better? and maps out the answer. When a team is struggling to overcome an obstacle or make an improvement, it is often the creative minds of the dreamers that are able to find the solution.
3. The Go-getter
“To reach a port we must set sail —
Sail, not tie an anchor
Sail, not drift.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Go-getters get. things. done. They are determined, motivated, and dedicated to the task at hand. When confronted with an issue, they often use out-of-the-box thinking to overcome it and keep going. They also look for ways to help and step in when extra attention is needed, which is especially helpful when the company is trying to meet a strict deadline.
4. The Charismatic
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
Charismatic people are like magnets—drawing people in, making others feel comfortable and connected. A truly charismatic person is a gem of a find. They are great listeners, emit confidence, and communicate clearly. They often do well working directly with customers and are particularly valuable on sales or customer service-oriented teams.
5. The Curious
“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
Curious people like to learn. They ask questions, seek answers, and develop their skills. They are constantly delving into new topics and working to better themselves and the company. These are the “early adapters,” the ones who are unafraid to seek new paths and explore new possibilities.
By assessing and hiring employees with varying personality traits, you can ensure that your company is well-rounded—that the strengths of one person will overlap the weaknesses of another. Our differences don’t have to divide us; they can make us stronger.
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