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16 Essential Skills to Look for in a New Hire

Within an organization, some skills are far more valuable than others. If your business is looking to hire new employees, then determining if candidates possess these important skills should be the primary focus of your interviews.

Knowing what skills are crucial for an enterprise to grow and thrive can help you figure out if an employee is worth hiring, even if they aren’t an exact match in other areas of the job description. Sometimes a company needs more than just the right technical qualifications from its employees.

This is why we asked 16 professionals from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question:

What is one essential skill to look for in an employee or new hire, and why?


14. Strong work ethic

[su_row][su_column size="1/5" center="no" class=""]Jennifer A Barnes[/su_column] [su_column size="4/5" center="no" class=""]One extremely important trait that my new hires must have is a strong work ethic. I want people who will work hard, who will care immensely about the work they are doing, and who will be reliable, dependable, and responsive. —Jennifer A Barnes, Optima Office, Inc[/su_column][/su_row]

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