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What personality traits do you look for in people you are hiring?

1 of 25 Management Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Updated on June 29th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know more about the type of employees that you tend to hire. Everyone has a 'type,' even in the workplace. Talk to the interviewer about the characteristics and personality types that you tend to engage and why you lean that way.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"When I am hiring I look for individuals with grit and drive. People who have a record of fighting through tough times, rather than giving up, tend to be the best employees. They are loyal and are willing to go the extra mile without being asked."

Admin
Answer example

"Administration is often a solo gig, but if you don't work together with other departments, share ideas, and support each other, you won't be as productive as you could be. For that reason, if I were hiring an administrative assistant, I would look for someone individually driven who is still passionate about teamwork."

Manager
Answer example

"I look at experience and qualifications but most of all, I seek relational competence. Someone who has the personality and fit to thrive in our fast-paced environment. When you have all of those things, you can truly fire on all cylinders."

Marketing
Answer example

"I look for employees that are versatile and laid-back. For instance, someone you'd want to work with all day and then grab a drink with after work. That's the best employee in my opinion."

Retail
Answer example

"Especially in retail, it's important to have a few key characteristics such as being a people person, possessing an upbeat disposition, and hunger to go after something you want to achieve. If a candidate is determined, easy to hold a conversation with, and likable, they will succeed in most things."

Sales
Answer example

"When building a team, I look for passionate, dedicated employees who are competitive and driven both financially and by a pat on the back. These are incredibly important characteristics to have in sales. I also look for someone who knows how to get what they want without burning their team in the process, which is ever so important."

Teacher
Answer example

"I have never been in a position of hiring teachers; however, I can tell you the characteristics I look for when I need to choose a substitute teacher. I look for someone reliable who communicates promptly and has the flexibility to connect with my students, no matter who they are. A teacher who can take direction but also fill in blanks on their own, when needed, is someone I would hire."

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Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 01/05/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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