What to Look For When Hiring Employees

Hiring employees can be intimidating, especially if you are just starting out as a business. The slightest error in judgment can be an expensive mistake for your company and can mean substantial setbacks for your business’ growth. Fortunately, hiring employees is not rocket science, either. There are universal traits that you can use to efficiently screen job applicants. Here are three of them.

Longevity and Commitment

Look for signs on an applicant’s resume that they stick around and don’t just jump ship after some time. Losing an employee can be expensive for a business. There is the cost of looking for a replacement and then providing onboarding support and training. A good way to gauge if a candidate has long-term potential is their list of certifications and courses are taken. An applicant with a graduate degree or a number of certifications may indicate a passion for the industry and professional growth.


Look for employees who are enthusiastic about their profession or field. Their resumes are likely decorated with past internship roles and completed certification courses in a specific field. They might also talk about hobbies outside of work that can also be applied to their profession. Enthusiasm encourages an employee to actually contribute meaningful work to a company rather than just do the bare minimum tasks to earn a paycheck.

Cultural Fit

You want to bring onboard employees who fit the mission statement and values that your company champions. You want them to enjoy your work culture and contribute to it in a positive way. If you bring in technically skilled employees but do not represent the values and persona that your existing workforce has, it may lead to internal conflicts that affect the growth of your business.

Academic credentials shouldn’t just be the sole basis for making the final decision when hiring employees. Use the three metrics above to find the people who can help you grow your company. In addition, you can also put your new hires on a skills test wherein they can complete a task to illustrate their core competencies.




Edward McKenzie is an entrepreneur and owner of EMCO Management, LLC, a real estate development and management firm located in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Edward P. McKenzie

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Edward P. McKenzie is a lover of travel & a real estate entrepreneur and Owner and President of EMCO Management, LLC. Visit EdwardMcKenzie.org for the latest!

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