How easily can you answer these questions: “What makes me tick?” “What motivates me?” “What behaviours do I bring into a working environment?”
Having the right skills for a job is no longer enough, recruitment experts say.
Employers are now looking for candidates who take responsibility for their careers, fit the culture of an organisation and possess “emotional intelligence”.
Regional Manager for Hudson Recruitment, Roman Rogers, says three things now stand out above the rest when it comes to hiring new employees.
1. Someone that is passionate and takes ownership of developing their own skills to remain relevant within their role in the organisation.
2. Someone that is culturally-aligned with the organisation. They fit and feel like they belong.
3. Someone who has directional understanding of how they want to build their career and what are the things within a role that cause them to be motivated and display discretional effort.
The ability for a candidate to articulate where they see their career path going and the reasons why is very appealing says Roman.
“It enables the hiring manager to align the opportunity to the aspiration of the candidate.”
But don’t count yourself out if you don’t know the exact direction you want to head.
“When we’re talking about career progression these days, it’s not necessarily what the title might be. It might be the types of people you want to be exposed to, or the experiences you want to have. From a careers stand-point, it doesn’t need to be a specific role type. I could be elements of a particular role.”
“You might want to be a bit entrepreneurial and come up with new and innovative ideas or knowing that you work best in an aesthetically creative environment. Or you might want to work with an organisation that’s really respectful of each other.”
Birds of a feather flock together
The second area is that you fit from a cultural perspective.
“This is something that has become even more critical in the last 12 to 24 months,” Roman says. “Cultural fit is nothing more than behaviours – how someone chooses to naturally behave within a given situation.
He says they’re trying to look for the moments of truth within a role that tell them if you’re a high performer or not.
Companies are starting to say enough is enough around skillsets and have reached a tipping point.
“They’re saying we’ve hired all these people that have got really good skills and experience but they just don’t fit us. We would rather take a punt on someone that fits, with a bit of a gap in the technical skills or experience, and develop those individuals and train them.”
Open / Agile / Flexible
The agility of a candidate is one of the things organisations are also interested in and prioritising says Roman.
“How willing and open they are to shift or change the nature of the work within a particular role. Because as organisations continue to deal with technology and disruption, the nature of work needs to change and by definition, role types within the organisation will need to change.
“Adaptable, open to change, agile, flexible, resilient people – they are typically the individuals that most organisations want to hire now.”
Emotional Intelligence: The winning ticket
Emotional intelligence is another area that companies see as an attractive and important attribute.
“The importance of EQ is the understanding of how you are feeling based on what’s happening around you or based on how I’m impacting you,” Romans says. “It’s an incredibly important attribute for someone to have that’s working in a team or leading teams.
“You’ve got to have the ability to take people on the journey and emotional intelligence or awareness is really critical.”
He believes EQ is probably the area in which people are advantaged over technology right now.
“As far as we’re aware, most mainstream technology cannot read an individual like you can. If you’ve got great self-awareness and great emotional intelligence, you can predict, or access, or feel, what someone else is thinking or feeling way better technology can right now.
“So for now it’s our winning ticket and the thing that separates us from the machines.”