Companies Should Start Hiring for Attitude

by Staff - Original publish date: October 23, 2015

A collection of degrees and a host of credentials is all well and good, but if you don't have the right attitude at work you'll likely be shown the door. And that's a costly outcome for both employee and employer.

Mark Murphy is the author of "Hiring for Attitude: A Revolutionary Approach to Recruiting & Selecting People with Both Tremendous Skill & Superb Attitude." He's also this week's guest on Salary Talk, and tells Aaron and Wendy the hard truth about the way companies hire employees today -- that most of the standard approaches to hiring are wrong.

Past employment at Fortune 500 companies and several advanced degrees are great. But Murphy said attention must be paid to how the candidate fits in with coworkers, bosses and the overall cultural fit of the company. Don't get enamored with resumes and avoid the stock answers that come from the "tell me about yourself" and "what is your greatest strength and weakness?" questions. Learn about "Brown Shorts" tactics (trust us, it's not what you think) and find out why the candidate with the best qualifications shouldn't always win. Skills can be taught, Murphy says, but people either have the right attitude or they do not.

Whether you're a hiring manager or a job hunter looking for an advantage, check out these insightful tips from a hiring expert.

Salary Talk Podcast with Mark Murphy by Salary_Talk

Purchase books by today's featured expert:

  • Hard Goals: The Secret to Getting From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be
  • Hiring for Attitude: A Revolutionary Approach to Recruiting People with Tremendous Skills & Superb Attitudes
  • Hundred Percenters: Challenge Your Employees to Give It Their All & They'll Give You Even More
  • The Deadly Sins of Employee Retention

Learn more about Mark Murphy
To learn more about Mark's work you can go to Leadership IQ. You can also follow Mark and Leadership IQ on social media outlets such as FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.