Understanding the Difference Between a Good Hire…and a Great Hire

February 11th, 2016

When you needed to fill a position on your team yesterday, it’s always tempting to hire the first qualified candidate who walks into your office. While this strategy will probably be effective in the short-term, it won’t bring you long-term success.

It’s important to look at the big picture when making hiring decisions. Someone who is a match on paper may be a good hire who is capable of getting the job done, but your company deserves someone who is truly great. Don’t stop looking until you’ve found the best possible fit for the company.

5 Characteristics of a Great Hire


If an employee isn’t passionate about their job, they’re not going to do outstanding work. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to earn a solid paycheck for producing great results, but if money is a candidate’s primary motivator, their heart isn’t in the right place.


You don’t have time for hand-holding at your company. Choose a candidate who is confident enough in their own abilities to explore new ideas and take initiative. These innovators may not get it right every time, but they won’t stop until they put your company on the map.

Great Cultural Fit

A person may have the most impressive resume that’s ever come across your desk, but if they don’t fit into your company culture, they won’t add value to the organization. Hiring someone whose personality clashes with the rest of your team will likely create a work environment that no one enjoys.


The business world isn’t always black or white, so you want to choose a team member who welcomes the opportunity to develop inventive solutions. Find a creative thinker you can count on to tackle even the most complex issues and you’ll never have to settle for a mediocre resolution again.


If a person isn’t interested in advancing their own career, they’re not going to care about taking your company to the next level either. Choose a person who is clearly driven to keep learning and expanding their skillset, because your company will benefit from this quest for continued growth.

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