The top five things to look for in new team members

(3) An ability to think on your feet

This is a tricky one to define. But many SMEs operate in a fast-paced environment and it’s important you feel confident that everyone in the team, including new team members, can make important decisions when the pressure is on. 

What this means in practice is to look for people who can evaluate a situation or work out a solution to a problem and provide team members or clients or even prospective clients with options that fit your company ethos – and keep their cool. 

(4) Someone who feels at home on their own – and within a team

Just like any ambitious and growing business, we value partnerships and believe the best things are created when top minds come together.

Hunt for hybrid candidates – those who love to work on their own, problem solve and create new things. But then you also need someone who can join the rest of the group to develop new ideas, present what they’ve been working on and play their part with everyone else, too.

The ability to quickly adapt, from a group meeting to an assignment on your own and back again is ideal for those who thrive both independently and in a team.

(5) A desire to learn and grow

Whether you’re looking for an intern or to fill one of your most senior roles, a desire to keep learning is key to seek in new team members. 

The business world tends to move incredibly quickly. There are new developments and products and tech announcements each and every day, so it’s important that you’ve got a team who is always looking to learn more and stay curious about how they can improve and evolve.

Amit Shah is the CEO of HIROLA Group, the creative development agency

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