We often hear that it is a good idea to hire a new employee based on the idea of “the whole person” instead of just focusing on their competences; personal competences are increasingly becoming more important. There can be great advantages by choosing a candidate that have been fighting to get where he/she is today, as they can be seen as an underdog or/and a fighter. But what advantages is there, by choosing the less obvious candidate? Here, we come up with 4 benefits you get by choosing the “fighter” instead of the obvious choice. Of course, this does not mean that a candidate, who possesses the right qualities and who immediately seems like the obvious choice, can’t hold a position of great competence, but:
- The fighter has fought and overcome obstacles, and is therefore ready to do it again
It feels natural to this candidate to encounter obstacles and they rarely give up. It is a part of his/her mentality to fight for what he/she wants. Hard times require a fighter mentality that creates results. Therefore, the fighter is also driven by passion and meaning.
- Post-traumatic growth as a constructive outcome of dysfunctionality
Just as trauma can lead to stress, anxiety, and depression, it is claimed that in some cases, traumatic experiences can bring something positive as well. The concept of post-traumatic growth is that a constructive perspective can occur from traumatic experiences. For example, mental resilience, deeper relationships with other people, increased personal strength and maturity are positive aspects that can be developed. Therefore, it is important to think about, that resistance can bring something positive.
- Humor as a mean
When you have been subjected to serious trials in life, you often have a good ability to use humor in a constructive way. In situations, where the conflict seems to escalate, humor can be used to change the mood of the situation instead of adding to the conflict. In work context, humor can help to loosen up the mood and create a more informal but still constructive tone.
- “If improvements are to be made, I have to do something myself”
At the same time, the candidate is prepared on the fact that things don’t happen on their own, but on the contrary through initiative and commitment. They are not taking the role as a victim, but rather the role as a fighter, where they know that they must be proactive and take action to make something happen. They are not afraid to arrange both professional and social initiatives.
Writing these 4 characteristics down, we strive to show that the less obvious candidates can possess some great personal skills, which can be quite beneficial in a work situation. We hope that these concrete characteristics have created some awareness about what the less obvious candidate can contribute with.
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