Personality Trumps Skill in Search for Talent

When you have a vacancy in sales then your going to want someone outgoing and vibrant that can make your customers feel at ease. When your looking for a programmer or tech developer you want a studious techy that knows their stuff. However according to Hyper Island that’s not the case.

In their research paper “Tomorrow’s most wanted” Hyper Island polled CEO’s and business leaders to see what personality traits they looked for when hiring new recruits. For each they measured perceptions of future challenges, readiness for those challenges, and the skills and qualities needed to meet them.

“What we found most compelling about this research is how clearly it highlights that personality, not competence, is the determining factor of who’s going to get the most attractive jobs among tomorrow’s recruits. Also, there is a growing desire for talent with a unique combination of skill and flexibility––people who can collaborate, adapt quickly and are enjoyable company, but also have the drive to get things done. All those traits boil down to a personality that is essential for businesses operating in an ever changing digital landscape. Thus, specific competence is less important.” says Hyper Island CEO Johanna Frelin.

Overwhelmingly, “Personality” rose as the most desirable quality in a worker, with 78 per cent of respondents giving it a top rating as opposed to “Skill-set” at only 39 per cent.

The research also clarifies that the biggest challenge the industry will face tomorrow is finding, keeping and developing the right talent, which 20 per cent of respondents noted as their chief concern. Additionally, 10 per cent of respondents noted technical and digital development as their primary challenge, followed by 9 per cent of respondents indicating that product and service development were of central importance.