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5 Kinds of People That Get Hired Most

Chad Brooks
Chad Brooks

Are you looking to hire new staff, and are wondering which personalities are right for your business? Our writers point out the ones to focus on.

It takes all types of personalities to put together a successful staff. But some players are more valuable than others. If you're looking to build your dream team, here are five personality types every company should hire.

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The Lone Ranger

— Grant Robinson, president of People Values

Also known as the Autonomous Fanatic, Robinson said. Those who thrive on autonomy can often be self-motivated to accomplish the goals their employer has already set out, he said.

"An independent person can be a great asset to a team," Robinson said. "They do not need to be micro-managed or externally motivated to do the job they were hired to do."

He also advocates hiring fanatics — people who are completely committed to the business.

Small-business owners who hire an autonomous fanatic, free up time for themselves, he said, which can give them the opportunity to focus on actually growing their business. 

"No longer will most of their time and energy be spent motivating the unmotivated," Robinson said. 

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The Team Player

— Pat Goodwin, executive coach 

Goodwin would build her dream staff around those who demonstrate good sportsmanship by understanding the value of working together and by having a strong sense of being part of the team. She considers "team" an acronym, standing for Together Everyone Accomplishes More.

"They are someone who is willing to give credit where credit is due, are excellent listeners and are willing to take direction," Goodwin said. "They are willing to lead by example and mentor others." 

The Jump-Starter

 — Talley Flora, CEO of Red Seat

The ability to get started quickly without overthinking the process is essential, according to Flora.

By spending too much time deliberating how to approach a situation or plan a campaign, Flora says employees are losing out on valuable time that could be spent actually accomplishing something.

"That quick start, and a need to get a job done, is one of the most essential components for success in my business and many of the companies I work with," she said. 

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The Overcomer

 — Kelly Smith, staffing expert

Overcomers, according to Smith, have never had anything handed to them on a silver platter, have paid their way through college and have never been the beneficiaries of nepotism.

"Most of what they achieved in life was a result of their setting a goal and strategically planning how to achieve that goal," Smith said.  "They aren't afraid to face big issues head-on and solve them."

She says these are the employees who can handle the large projects and stresses that come with high-profile assignments. 

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The Self-Starter

— Tracey Madden, president of McIntosh Staffing Resources

Madden says these are individuals who know they must work hard at their job in order to realize the satisfaction and sense of achievement they're looking for.

"Individuals that take possession of the outcome of their efforts are more likely to find satisfaction in their job as well," Madden said.

According to Madden, these types of individuals shine in a team atmosphere because they don't need prodding from superiors to get things accomplished and serve as a role model to the rest of their peers.

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Chad Brooks
Chad Brooks
Business News Daily Staff
Chad Brooks is a writer and editor with more than 20 years of media of experience. He has been with Business News Daily and for the past decade, having written and edited content focused specifically on small businesses and entrepreneurship. Chad spearheads coverage of small business communication services, including business phone systems, video conferencing services and conference call solutions. His work has appeared on The Huffington Post,,, Live Science, IT Tech News Daily, Tech News Daily, Security News Daily and Laptop Mag. Chad's first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014.