Drafting your perfect fantasy team? 3 traits to look for when hiring

By Natalie Pike,
September 9, 2014

Hot dogs are on the grill, beers are in the cooler, and fans from all over the nation are running around in jerseys and face paint…football season is here. More importantly, to some, fantasy football has begun. 

Here at Hireology, we have a couple leagues of our own and have noticed quite a few similarities when it comes to “drafting your perfect fantasy team” on and off the field. 

When hiring (and drafting) it is important to look for a candidate with the following three key traits.

1. They’re a team player

There is a ton that goes into being a team player both in the workplace and on the football field. You want someone who demonstrates reliability. You can count on a reliable teammate who gets their work done and works hard to reach goals and commitments. They are consistent and follow through on what they’re supposed to do. You trust them to deliver a good performance all the time, not just once in awhile. 

Constructive communication is also essential in being a good team player. Teams need people who speak up and aren’t afraid to express their feelings with, of course, taking into consideration the respect and work of the team. This type of team member does not shy away from making a point in a positive and confident way.  

2. They score a lot of points

While personality and determination are extremely important factors in a successful candidate, numbers still need to be reached. You aren’t going to win a game strictly based off of wanting to win or having a positive attitude. You need to score points.  However, the urge to win and hard work will help you reach those points.  It all goes hand-in-hand. 

Start with considering the most talented candidate and then worry about their personality. Talent is the backbone of your perfect team. If numbers aren’t reached, a win is highly unlikely. 

3. They’ll fit in with the team’s culture. 

People differ in their personalities, values, and attitudes, but fitting in the with company culture as a whole is profoundly important in maximizing productivity. A good culture fit is associated with many positive outcomes. 

A recent meta-analysis by Kristof-Brown reported that employees who fit well with their organization, teammates and supervisor had greater job satisfaction, were more committed, and showed superior job performance. However, employees are not the only ones who benefit from a good cultural fit.  Organizations get a happier, more productive person who is more likely to work hard to help achieve its goals. 

So, when trying to draft the best team possible, make sure your players aren’t afraid to take the lead, have enough talent to score points, and fit in with the culture your team has built over the years. The combination of these traits will have you winning the championship in no time. 


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About the Author

Natalie is the Marketing Strategist, responsible for knowing the ins and outs of the SMB Industry, educating prospects on hiring best practices and positioning Hireology as a thought leader in the SMB space. She started at Hireology in 2014, writing blogs, planning events and managing the various social media platforms. Prior to working in the “real world,” she attended Purdue University (Boiler Up!) majoring in Broadcast Communications and competing on the Women’s Water Polo Team.

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