When asked which qualities define their "Best Employee Ever," Inc. readers had plenty to say. And one word came up more than any other: proactive

Trustworthiness and reliability tied for a close second. Dedication, enthusiasm, humility, passion and a sense of humor all received high marks, along with being a team player. (Some of you had more specific qualities in mind, like a dedication to bringing donuts.)

If this list doesn't sound like your team, it may be time to take a look at your hiring strategies. Make sure you understand the secrets to hiring extraordinary employees. You should know how to spot them in an interview, and once you've hired the best, don't forget to recognize and reward their contributions.

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