Elements to a perfect job candidate

By Natalie Pike,
September 18, 2014

Happy National Cheeseburger Day!

Once upon a time, in 1896, the original “Hamburger Sandwich” was created. 30 years later, the cheeseburger was born.  As the story goes, the cheeseburger was created by a chef named Lionel Sternberger. A homeless man was sitting in Sternberger’s restaurant and suggested he put a slice of cheese on top of the hamburger. The rest is history!

So, in light of National Cheeseburger day, ask yourself this: What ingredients go into your perfect cheeseburger? Is it ketchup, mustard, lettuce, and tomato? Or perhaps bacon, BBQ sauce, and a fried egg? It varies depending on the person and their taste buds.  

This translates directly into the qualities you’re looking for in your ideal job candidate. Each and every position requires different characteristics that make a candidate successful. The most critical step in the hiring process is having a deep understanding of your open job, and what it takes for someone to succeed in the role. If you are looking for a Marketing Coordinator, you’d probably want someone who is innovative, approachable and proactive. While an engineering position requires someone who is dependable, detail-oriented and efficient. You should find what elements your current successful employees have and use those to determine whether you should hire the job candidate or not. Our Elements of Success helps you figure out what characteristics to choose from and acts as guideposts for every step in your hiring process. 

Now, if I had to create the most undesirable cheeseburger on earth, I’d combine pickles, american cheese, ketchup and mayo. However, I bet thousands of people out there would find this combination delicious. It all depends on what your’re looking for and find most appealing. Think about the exact qualities you want in your employee. If you hire people with the same combination of traits, it’s unlikey your company will succeed.  Ignore the “Top Five Qualities” articles and think about what your business truly needs and what ingredients make your perfect candidate.


Not happy with your past hiring decisions? Take a look at our guide to find out the reasons why! 

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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