Peter Schutz, the former Chief Executive Officer of Porche once commented, “Hire character, train skills.” Do you agree?
At first glance, it seems like something we take for granted. Sure, we say, if we were the hiring manager, we would place emphasis on character and train any skills that the particular candidate is lacking. However most of the times, it is not all that easy to choose the best candidate in terms of character out of the entire pile of resumes.
Resumes are merely documents that list all of our achievements and what we did in the past. Previous education, companies, and activities that we did in school are all on display in black and white on a piece of paper. It doesn’t display how we are like as a person, whether we are introverts or extroverts, or if our personalities and characters are suitable for that particular job we are applying for. Hence, many a time, hiring managers simply glance through the mountain of resumes in their inbox and spot the candidates that seem to have the best experience under their belt, or the best academic results – because at least that ensures that they have the skills they need.
However, things are shifting. Companies are starting to realize that character is something that cannot be easily altered, while skills can be slowly imparted to their staff. Regular trainings are now the norm at various companies, and employees can be seen attending training courses conducted by external vendors that the companies engage, or just courses that take place within the company’s training centre itself.
With the ever-changing landscape of the workplace and the volatility of numerous industries, no skill will remain relevant in the years to come. Every staff will be asked to attend at least a course or two over the span of the coming years, to ensure that they are kept updated with the latest trends within the job industry, or with the new machinery that the company just purchased.
Seeing that the above is the case, wouldn’t hiring by character make things perfect then? As Warren Buffet once said, “In looking for people to hire, you look for 3 qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” By hiring candidates by character instead of academic qualifications, you are almost ensured that you have gotten yourself a hard worker – and any skills that he or she may be lacking can easily be supplemented by the training that can be provided by the company.
So why aren’t companies hiring character and training skills?
Despite how rosy the above sounds, it is not always the easiest evaluating someone’s character. Although interviews may be conducted and rigorous stages of interviews may be carried out, the true character of a candidate may not appear until he or she gets hired. Here comes the company’s challenge of choosing the prime candidate for that job opening it may have!
In a nutshell, although the above principle is highly regarded and companies are encouraged to hire character and train skills, companies are still posed with a challenge of evaluating a candidate’s character as accurately as possible with the limited resources that they have. A profiling tool, IDENTI3, have been touted as one of the personality tests to take as it evaluates one’s psychometric abilities. Although it does not exactly reveal what character a person has, it shows the various behaviours a person may have. If you are interested in finding out what kind of person you are, head over to take the free IDENTI3 profiling test right here!
On the other hand, if you are interested in knowing what courses you can take to improve your skills, click here to see a list of workshops that we are conducting!