Does the person seem like a good fit with the rest of the team? Does it seem like their views align with the company's core values?
This should be a given. Do they greet you politely? Do they wait for you to finish speaking without interrupting? Were they pleasant and courteous to the receptionist? Good manners are an absolute must in a new hire. Even if they won't be dealing with the public, they'll be interacting with the rest of the team members, and courtesy is essential for working together as a team.
Does your potential new hire seem open to creativity? Can they answer a few problem-solving questions related to your business?
As well as what to look for, there are a few things you should look out for in a new hire, such as:
Lack of Courtesy
We're reiterating this topic because it's that important. If a person can't show courtesy and simple good manners in a job interview, of all things, there's no way they'll be civil and courteous to their clients and co-workers.
Lack of Eye Contact
Unless you're aware of special needs, a person should be able to maintain eye contact during a job interview
Lack of Relevant Experience
While some jobs are specifically earmarked for trainees, most jobs require a minimum of experience in what's being asked of them. Be communicative about the level of experience you expect from your applicants, and check resumes to be sure it's there.
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