When I choose people for my team, I look for the right skills and experience but I don’t bank everything on someone’s credentials or qualifications. I can teach a new team member how to do what I need them to do but I can not teach charisma, candor, or personality.
One thing I think about when I am interviewing is, “Would I want to have a beer with this person?” In other words, do I like this person? Are they interesting? Do I want to learn more about them? Could I see myself hanging out with them in a non-work environment?
One of the most important things you can do when choosing the people around you is choose people you genuinely like.
Working with people you enjoy being around makes life more interesting, work more engaging, and relationships more enriching.
(If you don’t drink beer, by the way, just replace it with “tea” or “lunch” or something else that works for you.)