There are many skills which are evaluated before hiring an employee. An ideally qualified employee should have all the skills which are relevant to his/her line of work. There are however, five crucial skills which each employee should have for effectual performance. As a manager, these are the five important skills you should look out for in every prospective employee before hiring him/her:
Every employee should be transcendentally dependable regardless of the duties assigned to him/her. You don’t have to always direct and manage your employees to be assured of effective service delivery. A dependable individual will excellently handle his/her work without supervision and respect the manager’s directives. Such employees allow you to attend to other company engagements without having to supervise them. In the business environment for example, a responsible employee should exceptionally handle all the prospective customers regardless of whether they are buying anything or not.
Every organization attempts to minimize on its expenses by hiring a minimal number of employees. It’s therefore every important to hire flexible individuals who would easily adapt to many different departments. A cashier for example, should be able to excellently replace a waiter if requested by the manager in a hotel business. Flexible employees therefore, save you the trouble of hiring new people each time you need different skills for new assignments. Such employees can also easily handle job promotions which would entitle them to new duties.
There’s no organization which has just a single employee. Each company has several different employees who work together to meet common organizational goals. This can only be effectively done if there’s solid teamwork within the organization. The employees have to be able to meritoriously work and cooperate with each other. Teamwork is what enables employees to step in and cover for each other when their colleagues are absent.
Problems are a common factor in organizations and working environments. The swiftness of an employee to respond to a problem and his/her excellence in solving it largely determines your organization’s ability to meet your particular goals. Each employee has to be good enough to handle all the prospective problems which may come up in his/her respective department. In fact, the problem-solving ability of an individual is a crucial factor in evaluating his/her ability to work under pressure.
5. Willingness to Learn
The learning process does not end in the institutions where your employees obtained their respective skills. This process is continuous and mostly spills over to the working environment. You organization for example, may occasionally offer training programs to boost the general employee skills. This is especially critical before handling new organizational tasks. Therefore, each employee has to be a willing and fast learner to make the process easily manageable.
These are the main skills which you ought to evaluate first the next time you interview a prospective employee. Such an individual wouldn’t be good enough if he/she has all the other relevant skills and lacks any of these five.