My company gets the opportunity to be involved in thousands of hires ever year. It's an interesting test tube, especially since we help other companies hire. So, it's not our culture we're hiring for most of the time, but the individual cultures of the client who partner with Kinetix.
What have I learned about the behavioral traits of candidates? Plenty. Let me give you some notes related to a very important trait that most assessment platforms cover - Detail Orientation.
You know Detail Orientation - People who are high details are list builders, and they have a list to guide them ever day. They have coded priorities in the list, and they get stressed if they are not in a position to cross things off the list. People who are low details (I'm just below the mean) are not list builders. They are less organized that the high detail people. Tasks can slide from day to day and from week to week and they sleep like a baby. The high details person can't take that.
Apart from the definition, here's 5 things I've learned about Detail Orientation in the last 3 years:
1. On a team of any size, you need high details people to get #### done.
2. Low details people will drive high details people crazy. Crazy, I say...
3. High details people don't generally drive low details people crazy. They think the high details people are adorable when they're freaking out.
4. If allowed to, high detail people will create a culture where crossing things off a list trumps the value of creativity and ideas. Turns out you need both.
5. One of the most powerful combinations known to man in today's business world is Low Rules Orientation, High Detail Orientation. That means someone likes the chaos of an unstructured situation and wants to create the solution (aforementioned creativity and idea generation comes with that) but has the detail orientation necessary to execute on the plan.
What did I miss?
You know that someone can do the job through knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) + work experience.
Don't forgot to dip into the DNA of what makes them tick. Here's a whitepaper I did a while back called "Would You Hire OJ?" to serve as a thought-starter to thinking about the value of what makes someone tick.