What Do Strong Companies Hire For – Skills, or “Something Else?”

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Perhaps you’ve experienced this…You go all revved up to a job interview with your beautiful resume in hand outlining all your accomplishments, believing you have all the right training, skills and experience…but you’re not chosen for the position. You cannot understand why.

Advertising guru and author, Simon Sinek, explains: “Weak companies hire the right experience to do the job. Strong companies hire the right person to join their team.”

Teamwork is becoming the hallmark of most successful businesses and organizations. We have entered an age where cooperation and working together is a vital necessity. No longer is the individual star performer going to do it for an organization. That’s not enough. Everyone needs to have the same vision, the same values, the same feeling of being valued. The demands on companies is just too great for one or two individuals to lead the way. Everyone must be a leader.

How can one show a potential employer that you are a team player? That you have great consultative and cooperative skills? That you’re willing to learn from everyone around you? Is this something that can be reflected in your personality?

“A recent international study surveyed more than 500 business leaders and asked them what sets great employees apart. The researchers wanted to know why some people are more successful than others at work, and the answers were surprising; leaders chose “personality” as the leading reason. Notably, 78% of leaders said personality sets great employees apart, more than cultural fit (53%) and even an employee’s skills (39%).” http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/do-you-have-right-personality-successful-dr-travis-bradberry

Forbes Magazine has published online articles about the hiring process which are fairly old-school, even wishy-washy. Writers talk about knowing the clear skill-sets a company is looking for, and having a detailed scorecard that defines the performance objectives for the position. They also discuss qualities of behaviour, but do not define behaviour in any specific way. Their expertise falls short in looking at personality, team-building qualities, and desire to learn, change and adapt.

Agile is the leading team-oriented methodology being adopted by the best and the brightest organizations in the world, such as Google and Apple. Agile teaches its participants to reflect, act and learn.

This is a kind of life-agility that’s needed in every realm we function in, whether as spouses, parents, employees, or members of our communities.

What do you hire for?


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One thought on “What Do Strong Companies Hire For – Skills, or “Something Else?””

  1. Hi Valerie,

    My name is Meghan Robinson and I’m with an organization called Scrum Alliance, specifically representing our AgileCareers team. AgileCareers is the only job board dedicated to connecting Scrum and Agile organizations with qualified, passionate, Agile professionals.

    We have just announced the launch of our new AgileCareers site and are looking for exceptional Agile and Scrum article content to post on our AgileCareers News blog (http://bit.ly/AgileCareersNews)

    I would like to ask permission to highlight your “WHAT DO STRONG COMPANIES HIRE FOR – SKILLS, OR “SOMETHING ELSE?”” article on our blog!

    This content will be exposed to thousands of agile and scrum employers and job seekers, in addition to our 450,000 Scrum Alliance members. If you’re interested, please send me an updated version of your article.

    Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

    -mrobinson@scrumalliance.org

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