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Characteristics Over Qualifications
Thursday, January 17, 2013

There's a growing trend among employers can actually work in favor of a lot of job seekers. Applicants, perhaps you even, have been noticing that they're being asked unexpected questions that seem strange in an interview. Questions like, "What is your favorite movie?" or "Where is your favorite place to vacation?"

Hiring managers realize that new hires can be trained in some skills while on the job, personalities come as is. People tend to get along better when they have common interests. For example, if you're the outdoorsy type the hiring manager may like that you are the outgoing type even if you might lack a preferred certification.

One qualified applicant will generally have similar qualifications as the next qualified person. To make it easier on themselves when it comes to making the final decision, hiring managers will consider who will mesh the best with the rest of the group based on the answers to these atypical interview questions.

Some applicants may be irritated by this idea of not getting chosen simply because the hiring manager liked someone else more despite meeting all the required qualifications. Even though you didn't get the job, they're actually doing you a favor. Your work performance will fare better when you are more comfortable with your workers and company culture. A cooperative atmosphere is key in driving more creativity and productivity.

Another underlying benefit of this strategy is that it offers hope to every candidate in any job interview. You might see a job opening at a company that you're very interested in but don't have all the necessary qualifications for, therefore deciding against applying. By writing a cover letter that exhibits your personality well you can get your foot in the door to an interview. From that point, you have just as much of a chance of landing the job as the most qualified candidate.

This way of hiring isn't fool-proof, however. It may encourage the formation of an homogenized staff. If a company's main focus when hiring new employees is on how alike they are to the current ones, they lose out on valuable contribution from different ways of thinking. It seems counteractive for a company to lean towards creating a uniform culture when America prides itself on being a melting pot of different cultures.

Ultimately, hiring managers know that the success of the company in part depends on their better judgment. A high turn around in one position stunts company productivity and negatively affects how others view the hiring manager's competence. Hiring has become more like dating because managers are trying to create the perfect marriage between new hire and company and just like in any committed relationship, both parties need to be happy in order for it to work.