When looking to fill a new role at your nonprofit, you probably already have the ideal candidate in your head. They have to have a lot of experience under their belt, already possess the skill-sets listed in the job description, and have an incredible attitude to boot!
While you can cross your fingers that this “total package” candidate will eventually stroll through your door, more often than not you will have to choose which primary characteristic matters most: attitude or skill.
Let’s be honest. Hiring managers will always want their potential job candidate to be smart and experienced. BUT one should keep in mind that just because someone is naturally talented doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re also driven.
Here are 3 reasons why you should make hiring decisions based on one’s character rather than skill:
- A perfect fit on paper might not translate into a good work ethic — Even if someone possesses the education and skill-set needed to execute their job, a stellar employee also needs innate ambition to go above and beyond in the workplace. If someone doesn’t have the right attitude to match their current abilities, they might not challenge themselves to improve.
- Skills can be learned given the right mentality — A job candidate with a positive attitude will be more committed to learning new things since they have something to prove to both their supervisors and themselves. Having a natural drive keeps someone moving forward, and encourages them to take on new tasks—an invaluable asset to any organization.
- There’s more flexibility when working with a blank canvass — If someone has years of previous experience, you could have a tougher time breaking their old habits and re-shaping their priorities to match your nonprofit’s. However, if someone with less experience has a can-do personality, they will be more perceptive to your procedures and retain them faster.
Attracting and hiring the perfect employee is unrealistic. But learning to spot an intelligent job candidate with the right attitude will help build the team you need to further your nonprofit’s mission.