Personality Is More Important Than Skills When Recruiting

PersonalityPeople that have worked with me know that I have one golden rule when it comes to hiring. I hire on PERSONALITY FIRST, and SKILLS SECOND.

To some of you I realize that sounds nuts, but hear me out. How many times have you looked at a resume and it has everything you’re looking for. Experience, Skill, Education and a great cover letter. So you call them up and get them in for an interview and BAM….NOT SUITABLE.

What seemed like a sure thing on the pre-screening phone call turns into an interview that seems like it will never end.

I usually know in the first 90 seconds if the person I’m interviewing is the kind of person I want on the team.

So what is it that I’m looking for?

First off – I have to feel engaged in the conversation. Be interesting, honest and sincere. Don’t try to oversell yourself, just tell me why you are here and what you are all about. Why did you apply here and what attracted you to this position in the first place.

You’ve clearly made it this far, so your resume must have the basic qualifications that we are looking for. BUT what makes you awesome? What makes you the one we want? Why, out of all the people that apply here, do you stand out.

Ask me questions about the culture, and tell me what you value in the work place. Tell me values and traits you think are important and give me some examples that tell me what makes you…YOU. How will the team be better with YOU on it.

What seals the deal for me?

Every time it’s your personality.

I firmly believe that you can LEARN to better your skill set, but you CAN’T LEARN a personality.

  • Are you the kind of person that other people like to work with?
  • Do you work WITH others towards a common goal or are you a attention grabber?
  • Are you open to feedback?
  • Do you share the wins and losses equally?
  • If I asked your current co-workers about you – what would they say?
  • Are you the kind of person that people feel comfortable working with, for, and near?
  • Are you REALLY someone that plays to their strengths on the team?

If someone in the interview talks about how THEY did everything themselves, chances are pretty good they will act that way when they work for you.

Understanding your contribution, your role and you capabilities are key.

Humility and Self Awareness are absolute.

Every single person in your team, company, organization or group is replaceable. Myself included! It may take time to find the right person but you will indeed find them.

Your personality is often the ONLY UNIQUE THING that you bring to the table, make sure it fits with the company.

If you would like me to assist you recruit the right person for your team, call me today on 0459 220 516.

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Nicole Allen – B.Mgt, Dip. Mgt, Dip.HR
Managing Director

Nicole Allen is the Founder and Managing Director of Moreton Bay HR Solutions. In 1996, Nicole Allen commenced a successful career in operational and strategic human resources, recruitment, management and communications field. She has held some significant positions ranging from Human Resources Generalist to Group HR Manager in Mining and Resources, Uranium, Oil & Gas, Defense, Heavy Manufacturing, Information Technology, Utilities, Finance and small to large business sectors.


With more than 18 years’ experience in the Human Resources Management and communications field, she brings a diverse and unique HR and communications expertise and knowledge. She is a strong believer in employee communication as being the biggest key to business success and has a consultative approach which has underpinned her successful development of HR programs which improve the culture and behaviour of employees.

Amongst Nicole’s list of Qualifications, she holds a Bachelor of Management majoring in Communications, Diploma in Management and a Diploma in Human Resources.



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