by Joe Elvin on May 31, 2011

posted on boyce recruitment updates,

Employers value mindset over skillset

Employees with a great attitude are around seven times more valuable than a normal employee, according to a new report.

In a poll of over 1,000 employers across the globe, 97 per cent said they would hire a less skilled candidate with a good mindset ahead of a well-qualified candidate with a poor attitude.

Two-thirds of employers also said that they valued staff with a great attitude more than they did those with useful skills. 

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, the report’s co-author James Reed explained the importance of small firms hiring employees with the right attitude for work.  

He said: “It is even more vital for a small business to choose someone with the right mindset when recruiting new talent than for a giant corporation. A single individual will have so much more impact on their prospects.”

According to onrec.com, those who are looking for jobs in London or elsewhere in the UK should display honesty and trustworthiness ahead of any other personality traits in a job interview.

Commitment, adaptability, accountability and loyalty were also ranked highly by the employers who were polled throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America.

Reed was part of the team that studied 30,000 CVs sent to employers and concluded that those who could demonstrate these skills on the document were three times more likely to be chosen for a job.