Obviously when it comes to great candidates it is important that they have the right qualifications and experience needed for the role. However, there are certain skills that it is important for all candidates to have, and having these traits really makes a candidate stand out. This blog post will tell you some of the great traits that candidates should have.


One of the most important traits in a candidate is being goal-orientated; knowing what they want and how they want to achieve it. Strong employees will see new jobs as challenges, and will be motivated to succeed and achieve. Obviously, this will have a brilliant effect on your company, and keeping your staff motivated is a way to increase satisfaction.


It is important that a candidate can adapt to your specific company, so a lack of flexibility is a burden to your team. This means that a candidate should be able to handle unforeseen events, so ask candidates how they would handle an unexpected experience – including real examples from your business.



This is probably the most obvious skill that a candidate needs to have, and is something that you can find out about even before an interview. You will also be able to see the candidate’s communication skills from their social platforms, such as LinkedIn or even Facebook. So you can get a base idea of their skills before the interview, which will either be confirmed or contradicted according to how they behave in reality.



Your new employee needs to be able to communicate with your existing team; a lack of communication will bring no benefits. Obviously employees will work on their own at times, but there will always be times when they will need to communicate with others, and an employee without teamwork skills can be detrimental to every project.


I hope that this has given you an idea of some great traits that candidates should have, and how they can benefit your company by having a combination of these skills! For some assistance in interviews, you can download our free interview cheat sheet:

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