When a manager is in the process of hiring, it can be easy to look directly at skills listed on a CV  and write off those that don’t fit the job description. 

It can become monotonous and tiring looking through a pile of CV’s trying to choose who is worth bringing in for an interview and who is not. 

While in some jobs, the experience is a must, in others, the experience can be flexible as long as the candidate has the right attitude. 

When you can keep an open mind to hiring for attitude and less for skill, you can come across some gems that will really take your team to the next level. 

So here are 5 reasons why hiring for attitude and not just skill is so important to your businesses success. 

1. Most candidates don’t start with skills 

There are likely moments in careers when a hiring manager gives a candidate the job despite their little to no experience. 

Not all candidates applying for positions have the necessary amount of experience so they are relying on their attitude and ambition to get them through the door. 

The next time you browse through CV’s, selecting potential candidates, look beyond skills and select one or two you might just have a good feeling about. 

Trust, that they are, like most, looking for someone to give them a shot. 

2. More options for candidates

Some job postings will see a heap of applicants and others may not. But by opening your mind to hiring someone who doesn't have all the experience required, you will immediately give yourself more options for candidates. 

3. The required skills are constantly changing

Now more than ever, certain skills mean less than they did just 10 or 20 years ago.

What we learn today may not be of much use in a year or two.

While candidates skillset might not fit the job description perfectly when they apply, there is room for them to grow and change with the company. 

4. Hiring for attitude is good for company culture

Company culture (link to fun workplace post) is more important than ever. Positive company culture creates a positive work environment and yields better results from your employees. 

Adding a new hire who demonstrates a positive, can-do and supportive attitude helps shape a strong and healthy culture across the organization.

They will help your other employees feel motivated and ultimately lead to a more profitable and successful business.

5. Able to adapt to change 

When you start hiring for attitude, you’ll notice that these candidates are typically most open to change and can adapt quickly and easily. 

They are inspired by a fast-moving environment and do well working with others. They look for a challenge and are always interested in pushing the boundaries. 

These traits are important in a workforce that is constantly evolving. To have candidates who can “with the flow” is sometimes more important than the perfect amount of experience. 


Here are five things to consider when looking through resumes for your next round of hires. 

  1. Most candidates don’t start with skill. 
  2. More options for candidates
  3. The required skills are constantly changing
  4. Hiring for attitude is good for company culture
  5. Able to adapt to change 

Comment below a time you hired a candidate based on attitude and it was successful.

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