That old song, Personality (1959), by Lloyd Price sure gets my feet moving and the words say it all. However, he wasn’t talking about just personality. Yet, isn’t that what we are looking for in the ideal employee … the right personality traits?
Some say, “Hire for personality traits because you can teach skill sets” (assuming that person possesses the aptitude to learn those traits with proper training). I agree with the underlying basis of that statement yet many employers do little to assess those personality traits in candidates before hiring other than to guess from interviews. Even with several people interviewing a particular candidate, there is much room for bias, poor questioning, and poor listening by interviewers. And then there’s a candidate who can ‘play the personality’ during the interview and seemingly provide the right answers. Worse yet, many interviewers are looking for someone ‘just like themselves’ when what they really need (for the best fit) is someone who is NOT like them.
Hiring the wrong people for the job (or good people who belong in a different role) is very common and the cost is much higher than most employers realize… because the cost is not just ‘wasted salary’ but the ‘opportunity cost’.
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