What You Know Changes, Who You Are Doesn’t!

Popeye was right: “I y’am what I y’am.” The most common and fatal hiring mistake is to find someone with the right skills but the wrong mind-set and hire them on the theory, “We can change ‘em.” Forget it! The single best predictor of future behavior is past behavior; your personality is going to be essentially the same throughout your life.

I firmly believe that attitude is far more important than skills but the ideal situation is to have both. I believe in balance, I look for a team to have 1 or 2 highly skilled individuals and 1 or 2 junior members with great attitude and aptitude. For the majority I seek people with good skills and attitude who have room to develop.

Fortunately, people with the right attitude or personality can be taught just about any set skills. That’s why I am a firm believer in the “Hire For Attitude, Train For Skills” philosophy.

A survey reports that for employers hiring new grads, personality traits outrank credentials and education.  As new grads enter the industry, the employer has the ability to mold and train professionalism, skills to their individual needs and dynamics of the office.

While job-related education and training are also key factors when considering a new hire, when combined with the right personality traits, you’ve got the ideal recruit.

Makes sense, when you think “Hire for attitude, train for skill”.