Growing your team is a make-or-break move. Know what must-have traits you should be on the look out for when hiring applicants.
Without the right people, even the most promising business plan will only remain just thatâ€”a plan. â€œFinding the right candidate gives a greater probability for the company to succeed. The right people with the right mind set get work done efficiently,â€ says LA Valles, president of Osakatsu, Inc. The company managesÂ 102 Izakaya, an Osaka-inspired pub that has become increasingly popular among Makati professionals.
Itâ€™s pretty straightforward to find someone who will workÂ forÂ you and your company, but finding one who will workÂ withÂ you in growing your business makes all the difference. Here are the top qualities employers look for when they’re hiring. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these as well.
Business owners go for candidates who are proactive in finishing work instead of just waiting for blow-by-blow instructions. â€œWe rely on our workforce to deliver the objectives of the organization. We want to avoid a square peg in a round hole,â€ says Lawie Valles, director of Osakatsu, Inc. â€œThey should be open to learning the assigned task and adopt the current process to fulfill it.â€
Mary Lyn Burog and Marlene Varquez, co-owners ofÂ Le Plaisir Spa, require pre-employment training to assess if applicants are truly cut out for the job. â€œWe want our clients to achieve the look they desire through the different services and products we offer. Not all jobs suit an individual, so an employee should show eagerness in the nature of our work,â€ the partners explain.
â€œI get impressed by candidates focused on their goals in lifeâ€”how they see themselves with respect to their career and what they want to accomplish in the next few years,â€ says LA. Ambition says a lot about a personâ€™s character, which, to the restaurateur, makes for a strong foundation for a candidate. â€œSkills can be taught, but character is ingrained in a person. A person with good moral fiber will abide by the company policies and will become a loyal asset in the future.â€ During an interview, LA asks applicants about life beyond work to assess how they make an effort to achieve their targets.
BecauseÂ each service in their spa is unique, Mary Lyn and Marlene need people who fully understand what every customer needs and how one can benefit from a treatment. â€œAlso, they should know how to make reports and submit them to us for an analysis of the business,â€ they say.
As for LA, â€œAn employee need not be a valedictorian.Â DiskarteÂ is all we need.â€
â€œThe office is a social environment where employees interact and depend on each other to get tasks done,â€ says Lawie. Based on his experience, candidates who collaborate well with others are easier to manage. â€œMore than skills, personality plays a vital role in having continuous engagement among co-workers.â€
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