Whilst the idea of the perfect candidate is pretty much a fallacy you should look out for certain qualities that will contribute to the position and organisation’s success.
Ambition is the drive and desire of personal potential and the devotion to self-improvement and is arguably one of the most important aspects for a candidate. Passion for the role and/or industry can be a lot more potent than the hunger for a pay-check and these types of candidates are far more likely to go above and beyond what is asked of them. Ambitious employees strive to do the best that they possibly can in their position and spend time working on how to better their position.
The ability to get on with colleagues and work with them effectively is the fundamentals of any workplace. If you employ someone who demonstrates signs of not being able to work as a team, then you could be setting yourself up for animosity between co-workers. Tell-tale signs of those who cannot work well in a team are those who cannot comprehend that employers value the outcome of group achievements over the achievements of one person. Good questions to ask a candidate on this subject would be: Tell me about a time when you worked effectively as part of a team?
Describe a time where there was conflict within a team. What was your role? What did you do? What was the outcome?
Ask yourself the question: Are you and your team going to enjoy working with this individual on a daily basis? When recruiting, personality can be the difference between an employee who doesn’t stay long vs a star who is going to significantly increase your productivity.