10 Qualities Every Company Is Looking for in New Talent

November 17, 2016

9:15 am

When looking for new talent, recruiters are often looking for a particular set of traits and qualities. Building a company isn’t just about the work, it’s about the people, the culture, and most importantly how they fit together.

We asked ten entrepreneurs about the qualities they look for in an employee. Check out their answers below and make sure you aer exhibiting these traits at your next interview:

Eagerness to Learn

I value employees who continually show me they have a thirst for knowledge and  take the time to learn new skills that could benefit the company. Having a large capacity to learn shows me that as the company grows, there is a good chance that this employee will grow into the increasing demands of their position instead of falling behind.

– Diana Goodwin of AquaMobile

Street Smarts With a Dose of Sass

My best team members are smart, passionate and well-researched in their fields. They also have the confidence to stand up to me and ask questions in a respectful manner. Having that ability to collaborate and ask  why we’re taking a specific course of action for a client’s marketing strategy and offer a different perspective is helpful.

– Nicole Munoz of Start Ranking Now


More than anything, we value integrity — people who are honest about their time at work, who work hard and are committed to the company. Bright employees who figure out shortcuts can be a liability or take advantage of their time at work isn’t a good value.

– Marcela De Vivo of Gryffin

Attention to Detail

Sloppiness can be a massive crutch, even if you’re the most motivated and intelligent person for the job. I love seeing someone complete a task on time that is spell checked, organized, thorough and on-point.

– Josh Sprague of Orange Mud


Loyalty and trust are the most important traits for me. No business relationship will ever work out well without trust. If you have people around you who truly believe in your vision and make it their own, they’re worth their weight in gold. Make sure they eat before you do. Because if they don’t, you’ll starve anyway.

– Kenny Cucchia of Campus Credit

True Confidence

If an employee is able to stand by their opinions and suggestions and defend them thoughtfully and respectfully, it shows me that they’re capable of being a true leader. Essentially, I value confidence. People who are truly confident aren’t making arbitrary decisions. They’re not pushovers, and most importantly, they’re able to defend their perspective while remaining receptive to critiques.

– Mac Morgan of Tonic Design


You can always find people with skills, but you can’t always find empathy paired with talent. There have been studies that indicate that the most effective teams aren’t the most intelligent, they don’t have the best degrees, they aren’t the most charismatic — they’re the ones with the most empathy. That’s why we put a premium on empathy and have made it a core value.

– Joseph Walla of Hello Sign


Folks that can work through obstacles creatively have my favorite characteristic. When faced with a project with some challenges, I look to assign someone who is capable of digging his or her heals in and independently creating solutions.

– Tarek Pertew of Get Uncubed

High Energy

My high energy employees are always the most successful. I look for my employees to be energized and positive about what we are doing in the marketplace. This tells me they are passionate about their job, which will help them go far.

– Jayna Cooke of Event Up

Value Alignment

Alignment with our values is an absolute prerequisite, but beyond that, we look for a growth mindset. Raw talent, education, professional pedigree and personality are worthless without a drive, curiosity and passion to better oneself.

– Chris Kelly of Convene

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