Strategic Staffing: Evaluating a Candidate on Enthusiasm

Imagine this scenario – you’re at a friend’s holiday party and the host is going on and on about this amazing new babysitter she’s found. You realize it’s been ages since you’ve been out without the kids and by the end of the night, you’re practically begging for the sitter’s number.

Word of mouth is one of the most effective marketing tools there is. When someone we trust is thrilled about a product or service, the excitement is contagious. The same is true about your employees. When they are truly excited and enthusiastic about their jobs, your bottom line can actually benefit. Other workers will be inspired to be more passionate about their work, which will boost productivity and retention.

So, how can you tell if a candidate is really enthusiastic about the job or is more interested in getting in, getting out and getting paid? Here are a few tips to help you evaluate a candidate’s enthusiasm for an opportunity.

Remember, skills can be taught, personality cannot

Some people are just naturally optimistic and positive. If one of these candidates walks into an interview and they have the skill set you need, consider yourself lucky. However, if they seem excited about the position, but lack some of the qualifications, that enthusiasm might peter out as the stress increases. If a candidate’s personality is the right match, but their resume is lacking, consider additional training.

Ask why in addition to what

Why does this position get this candidate excited? What opportunities are they looking for? Why does the company mission and vision resonate with them? In many cases, the answers to these questions will help you understand what gets this job applicant’s gears going. Understanding why a candidate is interested in this opening, in addition to what he or she is looking for, will help the hiring team evaluate enthusiasm.

Collaboration and culture mean success

Teamwork isn’t just about employees working on certain projects together; it’s about pulling in the diverse expertise of your entire workforce to exceed a client’s expectations. Enthusiasm drives collaboration. If you have an employee with multiple degrees and certifications, but is not engaged with their work and coworkers, then all those resources are lost. Evaluating enthusiasm means finding a candidate who boosts your workplace culture, which helps you bring in employees with values, ethics and goals that match those prioritized by you and your whole team.

In today’s fast-paced, tech-pumped workforce, employers have to focus on strategic hiring. Hiring teams can develop plans that consider personality along with professionalism, which can impact employee retention and your bottom line. Partnering with Malone Staffing Solutions puts more than a decade of staffing expertise right at your fingertips. Give us a call today!


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