I just read a post by Seth Godin where he talked about this. I’s a short one – so I’m including the text of it here…
The truth about the war for talent
It’s more of a skirmish, actually.
Plenty of recruiters and those in HR like to talk about engaging in a war for talent, but to be truthful, most of it is about finding good enough people at an acceptable rate of pay. Filling slots.
More relevant and urgent, though, is that it’s not really a search for talent. It’s a search for attitude.
There are a few jobs where straight up skills are all we ask for. Perhaps in the first violinist in a string quartet. But in fact, even there, what actually separates winners from losers isn’t talent, it’s attitude.
And yes, we ought to be having a war for attitude.
An organization filled with honest, motivated, connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical and driven people will always defeat the one that merely has talent. Every time.
The best news is that attitude is a choice, and it’s available to all. You can probably win the war for attitude with the people you’ve already got. And if you’re looking for a gig, you’ll discover that honing and sharing your attitude goes a lot farther than practicing the violin all day.
Okay, I don’t think he’s totally wrong. But there are some skills you absolutely have to add to the mix. If I’m hiring for a ASIC Design Engineer – his ATTITUDE is important, but his skills as a IC Designer come first.
Past that, I’m always torn by the ‘attitude’ issue because I meet some great people that have wonderful attitudes – but if they are not technically stellar – usually the hiring manager is not willing to budge just because I see greatness in their attitude.