5 things you should look for in any job candidate


5 things you should look for in any job candidate

Picking the right candidate for job openings in your company is crucial for its success. However, in an era where everyone has their qualifications in line, it can be more difficult for you to choose an “outstanding” candidate among a sea of “good” candidates. The key here is to know the qualities that make a candidate stand out from the rest. In this article, we’ve laid down some of the most outstanding characteristics that will help you to hire the right candidate for the right job.

  • Confidence 

Having confident employees is key to ensure continuous improvements in your organisation. Candidates that have confidence in their abilities and to voice out their opinions are the best fit for a growing organisation. When employees are self-assured, they are not afraid to take risks and try new things. They will also look for ways to be innovative and break the status quo. Furthermore, they will also be willing to go the extra mile to help out a colleague or a friend. Such candidates are sure to get the ground running in your organisation. 

  • Dependability 

Finding a reliable employee is one of the primary goals of any hiring process. Some hallmarks of dependable employees include; meeting deadlines, showing up on time and keeping to commitments. Also, trustworthiness is an important indication of dependability. 

We know that it could be difficult for you to judge the dependability of a candidate based on the short interaction you have with them during an interview. However, there are certain things that can help you to identify a dependable employee. Some examples include submitting the application on time, punctuality to the interview and following through with requests made during the interview process. Also, don’t forget to follow up with their references! Plus, discussing with candidates about their work ethic can also help you to identify how dependable they are.

  • Determination 

This mainly refers to how goal-oriented an employee is. A strong employee often sees their new position as a challenge and is dedicated to fulfilling their responsibilities to the best of their abilities. In order to filter-out goal-oriented candidates, there are several questions you can ask them such as; what are your long-term/short-term career goals? does this position help you to fulfil your career goal? and how do you measure your career success?

Another common question asked at interviews to figure out the determination of a candidate is “where do you see yourself in 5 years?”. We know it’s a bit cliché, but the answer to this question can help you to find out whether the candidate has long-term plans to stay with your organisation and what their career goals are.


  • Co-orporation

One of the most important considerations you should make when choosing the right candidate for an opening is how well they fit into your team. This is especially important if that position requires them to actively work with other employees. You can find more about how cooperative a candidate by asking about their experience working with teams and presenting hypothetical situations that they might have to face when working with a team and getting their input on how they would handle such situations. 


  • Positive attitude 

A positive attitude coupled with professionalism can help you to understand how well a candidate will fit into your work environment and contribute to your organisation’s success. This is because employees with a positive attitude carry it onto the workplace and their work. 

Therefore, it is very important for you to understand the attitude which an employee is entering a workplace. This can be done by asking employees how a particular position fits their career goals. Their answer will help you to understand how well the candidate understands the culture in your organisation and whether they view the position as a stepping-stone into a meaningful career. 

These 5 factors are one of the many qualities that you should look for in a potential employee. It must be noted that professional and academic qualifications are just as important as personality traits and communication skills for many job positions. Therefore, if you can find the right balance between these two aspects and understand which of these qualities are needed from an employee to successfully carry out their duties in a particular position, you will be able to successfully hire the right employee for the right position. 

We at Sydpro know that this can be an extremely detail-oriented process that you may not have time for. That is why at Sydpro we have designed a meticulous hiring process that pays attention to these details and do the initial sorting done for you in order to make your hiring process much easier for you!