Competence or Character?

For those starting a new company, there are often human resources related issues involving hiring. Should new employees be chosen based on character or competence. It’s a decision that must be made quickly, since companies often expand rapidly, and new, skilled team-members who are also receptive to the goals and methods of the organization, are needed as soon as possible. Ultimately, such a business must hire employees who have a mix of both traits, though hiring individuals with competence–maybe 3 to 5– is crucial when a company doesn’t have the time or resources to devote to training.

Key Takeaways:

  • Hiring and training new employees is a double-edged sword. Competence means they can do the job because they have experience, character means they will do the job according to your specifications.
  • Having both traits would be ideal, but how do you find the right people who have the skill set for the job?
  • The trick is to find 3-5 people who are competent for the job, and to interview them based on character traits.

“Competence gives you the assurance that the individual can do the job based on the fact they have experience in the field.”

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