By Paul Jun, writer at Help Scout.
Great employees possess qualities such as talent, drive, flexibility, and personality. Finding and hiring the best people--who have the right combination of these qualities--can be a complicated process.
You might meet one candidate who has the right experience but may be a poor culture fit. Another candidate might have a super personality but lack the chops to get the job done.
Each company must identify what it values when hiring and create a process that focuses on the organization they want to become. Ideally, this process will help you find a balance between hiring for talent and for culture.
Of course, finding the perfect balance of both is ideal; you'll know when you find that person who possesses both a great personality fit for your company and the talent to help you grow.
Here are nine resources on hiring to help as you look for the best.
A culture has various elements: people, practices, values, and more. Each element depends on the others, and in this essay Josh Rivers shares specifically why they're necessary.
Rachel Miller, software engineer at teamwork app Asana, shares her story on how she began seeing her work as fulfilling and creative, and she details what companies can do to help support employees who may be feeling alienated.
The research also suggests that diverse teams are better: How Diversity Makes Us Smarter.
Best-selling author and renowned marketer Seth Godin offers some tough-love advice: "Building an extraordinary organization takes guts. The guts to trust the team, to treat them with respect and to go to ridiculous lengths to find, keep and nurture people who care enough to make a difference."
Also worth reading: Two Ways to Hire (and a Wrong Way)
"Cultural fit" is a top hiring priority for many organizations. However, the concept may have shifted from organizational values to personal ones. Lauren A. Rivera, from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, shares her insights from interviewing 120 decision makers about their recruiting practices.
Mathias Meyer, CEO of Travis CI, shares why seeking culture fit may hinder team diversity--a powerful trait that fosters creativity--and what to look for instead.
Joshua Porter, co-founder of app development firm Rocket Insights, provides a generous guide on how to hire a good designer (or any creative position).
The tone, language, and keywords you use in your job descriptions either attract or discourage potential candidates. Wade Foster, co-founder and CEO at app integration startup Zapier, gives tips on how to write a magnetic job description and, more importantly, where to put it to attract top talent.
Venture capitalist Amish Shah has 20 years of recruiting experience working with early- and mid-stage startups. He shares his four biggest takeaways, including the following insight: "I can tell you one thing: Funding is important, but a great team is invaluable."