I recently read a news article (in Norwegian) that "the ability to cooperate" was essentially the only requirement for applicants, which was just as relevant 50 years ago as it is today, while energetic and representable was now almost absent compared to then.
Given sites like Onstartups.com, twitter.com, linkedin.com, etc. I cannot but imagine that the multidimensional globalization (exchanging ideas, network, Q&A, etc.) they lead to, have changed the characteristics of the best employees. My assumption is that these sites makes employees more efficient and effective, but also require different skills in order for employees to succeed in generating value from them.
My question Have the online tools like the ones above changed your requirements when you consider a candidate?
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In the past 20 years information has become easily available, therefore skills like expertise and factual knowledge lost most of their value (except where deep expertise is required).
Those skills are now replaced with Critical Thinking. One doesn't need to use their brain for storing information, but instead for breaking down complex problems into small ones and finding solutions.
Solutions can come from a google or twitter search, from finding an expert on LinkedIn or asking the community on a site like this one.
Desire to succeed + ability to think of your feet > ton of education + book smarts
In short, no, my requirements haven't changed. For me, candidates need to:
Whilst I'm a big fan of various online tools it hasn't changed any of my recruitment requirements one bit.
I've been on a hiring spree, so far these have been my factors, one thing to consider, since analyzing if a person is 'smart' is not really feasible in my opinion you are just gauging if the person is NOT DUMB. The rest is all charisma and shared cultural background.
I also found this other answer that nails it here on Answers.onstartups How do you recruit top talent for your company
Depends on the position. If I were to try and determine capacity for success:
From that perspective - my ideal candidate has changed because I want someone who stays abreast of technology on their own. Technology changes to fast to allow for a lack of technology interest.