On-boarding new employees can be extremely time-consuming. Fortunately, If you do your due diligence during the hiring process and identify the right members for your team, you’ll have less employee turnover, spend fewer organizational resources acclimating new people, and get more work done. Here are a few qualities to look for in an interview to help assess whether or not a candidate is a great fit for your company.



A knowledge of one’s own strengths and weaknesses is essential for success. Look for candidates who can describe their strengths as relevant to the position you have to offer. Candidates who can note any areas where growth might be necessary to really excel at your company show they already know what they are going to work on when joining your company.



Bringing on a new employee can take up a lot of organizational resources, especially when the employee isn’t a natural self-starter. Look for some qualities during the interview process that demonstrate independence. If the employee didn’t bring ideas or wasn’t prepared with questions, it could be an indicator that they won’t be super self-sufficient as an employee.



Communication is the crux of good manager-employee relationships. If they are already sitting down in front of you, you should have a good sense of how they communicate. Whether you had a pre-screen phone interview or had email correspondence to set up the interview, you have had some form of communication with them already. If their communication isn’t professional then they might not fit into your company.



Ultimately, you want an employee that likes their job. When people like their jobs they’re much more likely to do well at them. If your candidate doesn’t express genuine enthusiasm toward the position or the company they might not be the right fit.



This person is going to a “face” of your organization both to customers and out in the community. If you cannot see them representing your company well not only in their professional life but their personal life, you should not bring them onto your team.



You’re hiring an employee to accomplish something. It could be to achieve more sales, new clients, or an innovative product, you want an employee that knows their purpose and keeps their eye on the prize. Find a candidate who can keep focused on the task at hand.


By asking the right questions you can learn a lot during a short interview to help determine if someone would be a good fit for your team.