Should You Prioritise Personality When Hiring For Legal and HR Roles?

To create a team of Legal and HR professionals that work well in your organisation you need to employ Legal and HR candidates that not only have the capability and skills to do the job, but also complement your existing employees; the talents they have and their personality traits. Individual successes are a great point to focus on in interviews, but for the greater good of the company, you need to employ Legal professionals and HR professionals that can work together with ease.

We know this is a change to the norm, and traditionally the candidate with the longest list of achievements and qualifications would be the one to get the job, but when that person doesn’t fit into the values of the company or the personality of the team you can end up with some serious issues within your company. During interviews remember that skills can be mastered over time, but their personality will stay with them throughout.

Fitting the personality of a Legal or HR candidate to the company is often the hardest part of recruitment but it is also essential. There was a survey recently completed that said 46% of 20,000 employees had failed within their first 18 months in a new job and 90% of the time this was due to the wrong outlook and not the skills they had.

Here at aspire cambridge we have a team of highly experienced Legal and HR recruitment specialists that have helped companies all over Cambridgeshire and surrounding cities recruit high quality Legal and HR candidates to match the values of the company and the personality of the business. We have put these top tips together to help you prioritise personality when hiring for Legal and HR roles in Cambridgeshire.

  • Before the interview stage think about the sort of dynamic you would like in your business and what sort of Legal or HR specialist you need to recruit to gain this dynamic. Of course it is important that you employ someone that can do the job, but look at their personalities too because high pressured environments such as Legal and HR roles require strong communication and collaborative skills. If these aren’t present then the team is not going to work; no matter how skilled or experienced your new hire may be.
  • Think about using personality assessment tools to help you not only determine the personality of the candidate you are interviewing for a Legal or HR role in your company, but also to look at your existing team to see the sort of personality that would add to the dynamic of that team. By understanding what makes your candidate and team tick you can ensure they click together; and they aren’t like a ticking time bomb, waiting to explode!
  • If you need your Legal or HR candidates to work well as a team you will need to look for team experience and how they have worked well in a team before. By asking the candidate to tell you about their previous accomplishments at their last job they will use the words ‘we’ or ‘I’ – this will then tell you how good of a team player they are.
  • Another good idea is to get the candidates in for another interview if you are impressed with them and get them to meet with employees from the team that they will be working with; this will then give your team a chance to see if they like the candidate too.

If you are struggling to find a personality match for your business when recruiting Legal and HR candidates then please do contact us directly and we will help you find the exact skills and personality that you are looking for.