Ability Vs Likeability?

employment - skills or attitude?
@eykah13 (437)
Philippines
April 8, 2007 6:11am CST
What do employers look for? What gets ahed in the workplace, your skills or your being "Ms. Congeniality?
2 responses
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
8 Apr 07
a balance of the two, you can be the nicest person in the world but if you can do the job you will not be promoted, also you might be great at the job but if you can't get along with people employers will think twice about promoting as well too.
8 Apr 07
I believe that employers should be looking for both attributes in any potential employee, simply having the ability but no likability means that someone may be able to do the fundamentals of the job but may be unable to deal with people, communicate certain things, and therefore unable to build key working relationships. Conversely Likeability only, could assume that the person is friendly and a nice character but totally unable to undertake the job which means that other people would end up having to cover, which basically makes it pointless in employing the person. Key in my mind would be to have someone that whilst may not be 100% perfect at the job to start with, shows potential and ability to learn and develop and that has an ability to deal with people and make and develop key working relationships with others, for the benefit of the direct working environment eg. in the office space, and for the benefit of the whole organisation.