The top 5 things to look for in a new team member

Here at HIROLA, we’re constantly growing and expanding which means we’re on the lookout for new team members. But making new hires can often be a daunting prospect for growing SMEs.

Anyone can read a job description and figure out whether they’ve got what it takes to suit a role in theory; like the right qualifications, experience working in similar environments or specific know-how when it comes to software or design programs.

But, as many of you will know, a job is a lot more than a list of qualities and qualifications. That’s why we’ve had a good think about what is important to look for in a new team member, above and beyond what you could ever read in a job description.

1. A genuine passion for the industry

We know, we know. This one is hardly surprising. But it’s no secret that employees love their work more, feel motivated and produce better work if they genuinely feel passionate about the industry they’re working in — and feel a motivation to improve it.

Whether you’re hiring a mobile app developer or a marketing manager, it is important that your next hire lives and breathes their practice. There’s nothing worse than an employee who just churns through each day until 5 pm. Look for someone who is constantly thinking about ways to innovate or improve what they do.

2. A love for building long-lasting relationships with clients, partners, and suppliers

We know that as an agency, we are only as good as our clients — after all, without them, we wouldn’t exist. And that’s why our relationship with each and every client we have is important to us.

Look for people who understand the importance of client and partner relationships. Demand great communication skills, a dedication to research and the ability to learn and grow as they find out more and more about the kinds of people and companies you work with.

3. An ability to think on your feet

This is a tricky one to define. But many SMEs operate in a fast-paced environment and it’s important you feel confident that everyone in the team can make important decisions when the pressure is on.

What this means in practice is to look for people who can evaluate a situation or work out a solution to a problem and provide team members or clients or even prospective clients with options that fit your company ethos — and keep their cool.

4. Someone who feels at home on their own — and within a team

Just like any ambitious and growing business, we value partnerships and believe the best things are created when top minds come together. Hunt for hybrid candidates — those who love to work on their own, problem solve and create new things. But then you also need someone who can join the rest of the group to develop new ideas, present what they’ve been working on and play their part with everyone else, too.

The ability to quickly adapt, from a group meeting to an assignment on your own and back again is ideal for those who thrive both independently and in a team.

5. A desire to learn and grow

Whether you’re looking for an intern or to fill one of your most senior roles, a desire to keep learning is key.

The business world tends to move incredibly quickly — there are new developments and products and tech announcements each and every day — so it’s important that you’ve got a team who is always looking to learn more and stay curious about how they can improve and evolve.

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