Hard skills are certainly important. Hiring a programmer who can’t code, or a Financial Analyst who doesn’t understand profitability reports, would be pretty disastrous.

However, some have gone too far in focusing on keyword searches instead of looking for a person with the right profile and the ability to lead, think critically, communicate, and be a strong team player. They seek out one specific skill with little or no concern for skills that may take the individual, and company to the next level.

Find a person with great potential. Make sure they have the right tools for their job. But don’t be afraid to hire a great team member who may need a little training to fill your opening. The ability to learn is probably part of what makes them great.