1. Ability to adapt
The world is changing at what seems like break-neck speed. More and more businesses are integrating advanced design, marketing and prototyping tools and strategies to squeeze out a greater competitive edge.
In this climate, the best employees are the ones that can swiftly adapt to a new environment or reality.
For new hires, one thing that's more important than existing knowledge is the skill set to learn new things.
Looking for signs that someone will be able to evolve over time will give you a strong employee, not just for the next few months but for the future as well.
2. Culture fit
In a 2015 Deloitte study, 87 percent of companies cite culture and engagement as one of their top challenges. It makes sense. Building a strong culture where everyone collaborates and thrives is a complex process that takes time.
Creating this culture starts with the hiring process. Culture fit is just as important as factors such as intelligence or qualifications. Regardless of past experience, if the candidate will not get along with the rest of the team, it's not a good fit for either of you.
3. Openness to new technology
In line with the ability to adapt, employees have to understand the role that technology plays for their work and for your company moving forward. If they are unable or unwilling to understand that impact and master the tech that plays such a huge part in your company's future, they will be limited in what they can accomplish for your business.
Honesty is a crucial trait for today's employers. One elemental reason for its importance is that honest employees will avoid getting you into sticky situations. Honesty enhances one's individual relationships, both with colleagues and with customers.
5. Ready to Take Criticism
People who can take criticism in a positive, constructive manner will improve more steadily, be easier to work with.
Another Deloitte study found that 87.7 percent of the workforce cannot contribute their full potential because they don't have passion for their work. Internally motivated workers simply do more.
People with that intrinsic drive for what they are doing will be self-starters, instead of being extrinsically motivated by hours or pay. Passionate people spread the wealth around them. They attack their work with a vigor and urgency that keeps them going during challenging times.
A-team employees tend to value actions over words. They are willing to test things out and get moving, instead of talking and dreaming all day.