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The Importance of Hiring for Attitude Over Aptitude

The Importance of Hiring for Attitude Over Aptitude

Attitude beats aptitude every time. Hiring people with a particular set of skills is good, however, recent studies have show that hiring a person with the right attitude is much more important for longevity, productivity, and job satisfaction. Skills can be taught to anyone with the right attitude. In this blog post we will discuss some of the key reasons why hiring for attitude over aptitude should be your first preference when looking to hire someone new.

 

What does it mean to hire for attitude over aptitude?

It means that, when given the choice between two candidates with similar skill sets, you should hire the one with the better attitude. Why? Because studies have shown that a positive attitude leads to increased productivity, job satisfaction, and longevity in a position. Skills, on the other hand, can be taught to anyone with the right attitude.

 

Why does your organization need this new perspective?

Your organization needs this new perspective because recent studies have shown that hiring a person with the right attitude is much more important for longevity, productivity, and job satisfaction. Skills can be taught to anyone with the right attitude. The right attitude will lead to a longer tenure with the company, increased productivity, and a higher job satisfaction.

 

How do you identify if someone has the right attitude?

There are a few key things you can look for when trying to identify if someone has the right attitude. First, they should be coachable. This means that they are willing to listen to feedback and take direction. Second, they should be adaptable. This means that they are able to change and adapt as needed, whether that is in their role or in the company as a whole. Third, they should be positive.

 

How do you get this message across in the interview process?

The interview process is critical when hiring for attitude over aptitude. You want to get to know the person behind the resume, and see if they would be a good fit for your company culture. Here are some questions you can ask to get a better sense of a candidate’s attitude:
– Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult customer or co-worker.
– What do you do when you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed at work?

 

Do employees know they are hired based on their attitudes?

Many employers place a high importance on finding employees with the right attitude. In fact, many employers believe that attitude is more important than aptitude. After all, skills can be taught, but attitude is something that is much harder to change. As such, it’s important that employees know that they may be hired based on their attitudes. This way, they can be sure to present themselves in the best light possible during the interview process.

 

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