Would you chose experience over integrity when hiring?
This article caught my eye because Warren Buffet’s quote really hit home
with me: “In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities:
integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the
other two will kill you.” That has been my experience both as a hiring
manager and now as a recruiter — look for people with integrity and your
team has a strong foundation.
“In looking for people to hire, look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” Warren Buffet
Integrity is one the most important character traits in a person. Integrity is how you judge if a person is trustworthy or not. Here are some definitions of integrity:
Merriam-Webster: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : incorruptibility
Oxford Dictionaries: the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles
Macmillan: the quality of always behaving according to the moral principles that you believe in, so that people respect and trust you.
Wikipedia: a concept of consistency of actions, values, methods, measures, principles, expectations, and outcomes. In ethics, integrity is regarded as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one’s actions.
When you hire someone with integrity, you are hiring someone who is honest, is moral and can be trusted to perform the task that they’ve been entrusted with. In essence, you will have someone who will watch your back… “
Integrity is hard if not impossible to teach in the workplace, but
something one develops over time. As a hiring manager you don’t have the
time to develop a person’s integrity and nor should you. Hire that trait
from the beginning. So, how do you view Warren Buffet’s top three hiring
qualities and how do you gauge a person’s integrity in the hiring process?