Evaluating a Candidate’s Enthusiasm

February 12th, 2016

The skills and experience a candidate brings to the job are important indicators of how qualified they are to perform the task, and you’ll want to consider them seriously when you make your hiring decisions. You’ll also want to consider factors like the candidate’s personality and their enthusiasm. If two candidates are equally qualified, consider hiring the more enthusiastic candidate. If two candidates are not equally qualified, but the difference in qualifications is slight, you should also consider hiring the more enthusiastic candidate. Here’s why:

  • Enthusiastic candidates are more likely to pursue training and improvement. People who are excited about the work they’re doing want to get better at it. These candidates will invest time in training and learning, both on the job and on their own time, letting them develop new skills that bring more value to their work.
  • Enthusiastic candidates will do better work. When you don’t like what you’re doing, you don’t put much effort into it; you aim for the minimally acceptable level of quality. Enthusiastic candidates who enjoy what they’re doing take pride in their work and want it to be exceptional, so you can expect they’ll put more effort into it. You can also expect an enthusiastic employee to go above and beyond in other ways, looking for ways to contribute outside the strict boundary of their official role.
  • Enthusiastic candidates will fit in and be team players. If their positive, enthusiastic attitude carries over from the interview into the workplace, the candidate will be a positive, enthusiastic employee who is fun to be around. Their good energy will be beneficial to the team as a whole.

Finding an enthusiastic employee means paying attention to job candidates’ attitudes during their interviews. You shouldn’t expect them to be enthusiastic about their current job—they’re looking to change, after all—but they should be able to be enthusiastic about something they’ve achieved. They should also sound excited when asked about what they’re looking for in their next position; hopefully, what they’re looking for matches what you have to offer. You can also gauge enthusiasm by how thoroughly they’ve researched your company prior to the interview and the kinds of questions they ask.

It can be hard to maintain your own enthusiasm when searching for a new employee. Working with a staffing agency like InReach IT Solutions can help you stay positive by sending you top candidates to interview. Contact us to learn how our services can help.

Evaluating a Candidate Based on Enthusiasm

July 17th, 2015

You can conduct an interview as an exercise in checking off boxes: look for a candidate with the appropriate academic background, the right buzzwords and acronyms on their resume, the right number of years of experience for a junior or senior position. You’ll end up with someone who can do the job, but you might be better off with someone who really wants the job. How do you find someone with a passion for the job? Look for interviewees who:

Bring positive energy to the interview. They look you in the eye and sit forward on the edge of their seat. They make the interview a conversation, rather than an interrogation; they are enthusiastic about themselves and their abilities.

Have done research about the job and the company. They can explain what they can bring to the role and contribute right away. They describe how they can go beyond the job description to offer value.

Have a vision for their future. They’re not surprised when they’re asked where they seem themselves in five or 10 years. They can explain how the position they’re interviewing for fits into their career path.

Have examples of how they’ve taken initiative or been proactive solving problems in the past. Whatever the responsibilities of the current position, you want someone who can step up and tackle the challenges without needing to be directed.

Have learned new technical skills outside their current job. Because technology changes constantly, it’s crucial for technical employees to be able to learn and adapt to new technologies.

Have passions outside of work. Find out about their hobbies and how they pursue them and improve their skills. That same energy and drive can transfer to the office.

Have used their enthusiasm and abilities to support others. Passionate employees help others achieve success, both at work and outside.

Have achieved work-life balance. Well-rounded employees who address personal needs as well as business needs are more likely to stay enthusiastic and less likely to burn out.

If you need to find qualified candidates who bring enthusiasm to their work, contact us. InReach IT Solutions will help you find strong employees who are passionate about getting the job done.