From 20 questions for Leaders:
When faced with two equally-qualified candidates, how do you determine whom to hire?
Easy to answer, it’s all about attitude. I will take the person with the best attitude every time, even if they are lesser qualified. If you get people with the right attitude you can provide them with the right skills and experience.
If you team has the right attitude then there is no limit to what you can achieve.
If you get the person with the wrong attitude, then there is very little you can do to change that attitude.
I like to understand peoples aspirations too, if I have someone who’s aspirations are aligned with what we are trying to do, and they have the right ‘core values’, then this can be a great recruit.
If people are both equal in terms of qualifications and attitude, then I would look at diversity, look to bring another perspective into the team.
What do you look for when you hire, and who would you choose if you had two equally qualified candidates, let me know?