According to a recent survey, almost half of American workers consider themselves to be creative to some degree. You should be happy to hear this if you’re interested in hiring a creative professional to work for your company. That means you’ll have plenty of options to choose from.
But it’ll also mean that you’re going to have to work hard to narrow your options as you set out to hire a creative professional. You’ll need to look for certain characteristics that will give some candidates a leg up on their competition.
We’re going to run through the different qualities you should try to find in a creative professional during the hiring process. It’ll make it easier for you to bring creative talent on board.
Take a look at them below along with some other hiring tips you should keep in mind when you’re in the market for a creative professional.
Proven Track Record
If you’re going to hire a creative professional to work for your company, it’ll be important for them to be able to produce the kind of high-quality work you’re looking for. They should have a portfolio featuring some of the work they’ve done in the past that they can provide for you.
It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to hire a graphic designer, a photographer, a writer, or another type of creative professional. You’ll want to get a glimpse of what they can bring to the table to leave you confident in their ability to work on projects for your company.
Ability to Collaborate
There is a good chance that you’re not going to bring in a creative professional and have them work independently all the time. They’ll likely need to work with others within your company while navigating their way through the creative process.
For this reason, you’ll need to hire a creative professional that is great when it comes to collaborating with others. You should ask them about collaborations they’ve taken part in over time and speak with them about how well they do (or don’t!) work with other people.
You might even want to go as far as to put them to the test by asking them to collaborate with you or someone else within your company. It’ll show you exactly what they can do when it’s time for them to put their heads together with others to produce results.
It might not seem as though you’re going to need to hire someone who can think both creatively and critically. But this is going to be one of the most important things you’ll need to search for.
There are a lot of creative professionals who might be able to, say, design a website for your business. But can they also make suggestions on which sections you should include on your site and what you should do to increase your traffic numbers?
This is going to take some critical thinking skills on the part of a creative professional. It shouldn’t be too much to ask the right person to use these skills while working for your company.
Start Your Search for a Creative Professional
There isn’t any shortage of creative people in this country. But you don’t want to just hire the first creative professional you can find and hope for the best.
The right creative professional is going to check all the boxes we’ve listed here. They’re also going to be passionate about their creative pursuits and interested in using creative talent to help your company succeed.
Would you like to kickstart your search for a creative professional for your company? Contact us to learn about how the IIChance App can help you look through the creative works that our community of creators have put together.