Getting the right employees is a massively important task.  

A great hire changes your company’s culture and bottom line, whereas a poor hire drags down the spirits of the entire team and is costly to the organization.

So what are you looking for?  

The book of Proverbs offers leaders some help in this regard. As the writer of Proverbs 31 compliments an excellent wife, he lays out a framework for an ideal team member. 

1. A great hire is rare. Don’t think that every applicant with a reasonable resume will fit the bill. Be discerning. It will pay off in spades. (Proverbs 31:10)

2. A great hire is trustworthy. They have a track record of delivering results when given responsibility. (Proverbs 31:11)

3.  A great hire is loyal. You won’t have to worry about this hire spreading the company gossip or participating in backbiting .(Proverbs 31:12)

4. A great hire is servant-hearted. (Proverbs 31:13)

5. A great hire is resourceful. (Proverbs 31:14)

6. A great hire has a history of a strong work ethic. (Proverbs 31:15)

7. A great hire is forward thinking in her strategy. (Proverbs 31:16)

8. A great hire carries himself with dignity and professionalism. (Proverbs 31:17)

9. A great hire is relentless in her pursuit of goals.  A honed sense of personal vision and ambition motivates them to be far more productive than the average applicant. (Proverbs 31:18)

10. A great hire is selfless and generous.  (Proverbs 31:20)

11. A great hire knows how to prepare for downturns. Business cycles happen. This hire will rarely be caught off-guard. (Proverbs 31:21)

12. A great hire gladly cheers and promotes the reputation of the organization’s leadership. They aren’t only looking for their own fame. They are happy when others around them succeed. (Proverbs 31:23)

13. A great hire understand how business works. They will want to know the big picture and how their role brings value. (Proverbs 31:24)

14. A great hire is not easily intimidated. They will meet challenges with enthusiasm and creativity rather than be paralyzed by fear. (Proverbs 31:25)

15. A great hire speaks with wisdom and kindness. Wisdom shows they are a learner. Kindness reveals their humility. (Proverbs 31:26)

16. A great hire is not lazy. They rise early. They work hard. These are the hallmarks of an excellent team member. (Proverbs 31:27)

17. A great hire will have an inner circle that praises them. Finding good references will not be difficult. (Proverbs 31:28-29)

While there will often be more specific requirements for an applicant, this list offers a strong foundation for you to look for.  Matters of character are harder to train than technical skills. 

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