Do People That “Just Want A Job” Make Good Hires?

3 min read · 7 years ago


Would you hire someone that “just wants a job”?

Some hiring managers will suggest that candidates research the company and the position.

And I’m sure that many hiring managers are more impressed with a candidate that specifically wants to work for their company versus someone that “just wants a job”.

But just because someone isn’t specifically looking to work for your company or isn’t knowledgeable about what your company does… does that necessarily mean that they aren’t a good hire?

Or possibly even a great future employee?

As a hiring manager, it is your job to accurately determine if a candidate is a good fit. And many hiring managers will discount an employee that is “just looking for any job”.

But before you write off these candidates, ask yourself these questions:

1. Is your company a big brand? If not, should you expect candidates to know what your company does?

If a candidate is fortunate enough to get an interview, then it’s always a good sign if he or she takes the time to do a little research on the company.

But sometimes the information available to the public is limited, particularly if your brand is not as well known.

And some candidates may be lucky enough to have multiple interviews scheduled with different companies. Which could mean less time to research your company…

While we may prefer that candidates be knowledgeable about the company and position, lack of knowledge might not necessarily be a sign of disinterest.

2. Is a person that is knowledgeable about your company more qualified than someone that doesn’t know what your company does?

It’s very possible that your most qualified candidate and best performer might not know anything about your company beforehand.

While some people don’t care what company they work for or even much about the job details. Or sometimes the need to make a steady income which will cause them to perform consistently.

Sometimes that’s exactly what the company needs.

3. People that are just looking for a job might come to enjoy the work and become top performers

Quite honestly, there are many people that don’t know what they want. In fact, I’d say most people fall into this category.

It’s almost impossible to tell whether you will enjoy working in a position until you actually start working.

Is it possible that a more enthusiastic candidate might end up not working out, while a less enthusiastic candidate might be an amazing hire?

In my experience, consistency trumps enthusiasm every time.

Of course, I’m not saying you should just hire someone that’s looking for any job. To properly analyze the candidate’s employment potential, we have to look deeper.

Instead, look at these factors:

1. Do their interests and experiences align with the job?

If the candidate’s interests and experiences align well with the tasks required of the job, then this could be a good sign.

Sure, the candidate might just want any job. But if they can be content in the role that you are offering, then perhaps they are worth considering.

2. Is the candidate a good fit for your company culture?

The candidate most likely does not know much about your company culture. By learning about their past work environment and experiences, you may be able to analyze whether they will be a good fit.

While the candidate may be willing to accept any job, you may find that he or she fits in particularly well within your organization.

3. Do they have a consistent work history?

Employers hate turnover because it’s expensive and time consuming. While past behavior does not necessarily predict future actions, a look into the candidate’s work history can show signs of whether they might be a good hire.

Were their previous jobs similar in nature to the job they are currently applying for?

What did they like or dislike about those jobs?

How long did they stay and why did they leave?

4. Other factors

Someone that is willing to accept any job may become a loyal employee. It’s rare to find someone that gets excited about any kind of work and for some people, getting a steady paycheck is the most important thing.

What do you think? Is someone that just wants any job a bad hire?

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