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3 Important Skills to Look for When Hiring a COO

Looking for a COO? Here are 3 skills to look for in your candidate.

By Syed BalkhiPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
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3 Important Skills to Look for When Hiring a COO
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Executive roles like COO(Chief Operating Officer) have a lot of responsibilities.

Every COO needs to understand the continually evolving vision of their CEO and execute those visions to drive the desired output.

The position of a COO is a demanding one but, at the same time, is a challenging one too.

So it’s important to hire someone who fits well into the role. And that’s the reason why most businesses are so conscious at the time of hiring for this position.

If you, too, are looking for a COO, you need to ensure that they have the right skills for the role.

But this doesn’t mean focusing only on their hard skills. You also need to consider their soft skills.

So let’s look at 3 important skills to look for when hiring a COO. Let’s begin.

1. Professionalism

One of the most important skills that every COO(or any working person for that matter) should have is professionalism. People with this skill can fulfill their roles to the best of their abilities.

It’s one of those powerful skills that can help you be an inspiring personality that the team looks up to.

Being in an executive role, the candidate will be someone who will lead the team.

So it’s very important for them to be an individual whose attitude, behaviors, mannerisms, etc., inspires others.

So before meeting with a potential candidate, understand if the person is professional enough for the role. In doing so, check whether the person is confident, competent, and has the required industry knowledge.

They should be someone whom you can trust. He/she should be able to demonstrate examples of setting high standards for themselves too.

Apart from analyzing their past work experience and skills, you should also observe their body language, the way they communicate, and the way they respond to your questions that need their attention to detail.

2. Critical Thinking Ability

As one of the executive members, the COO will come across situations where he/she will have to make important decisions. Sometimes they might have to do it all by themselves.

At such times, they should be able to analyze the pros and cons of their decision. They need to understand what impact it can have on the company in the long run.

For this, however, one skill that they must definitely possess is their ability to think critically about different situations. So look for someone who has that skill.

Analyzing a person's critical thinking ability is easy. Just give them a hypothetical situation and ask them to make a critically important decision.

You can give a personal or professional situation. Now, look at the way he/she tackles it. It’s a very effective way of knowing how he/she handles such situations.

3. Teamwork and Collaboration

Another critical skill that every COO should have is the ability to work with the team and collaborate effectively with the team.

Having this skill is important because it positively impacts the work culture and helps increase productivity and efficiency.

Besides, when you are able to work and collaborate with a team, you are also capable of teaching them skills that you are good at. This helps improve the process of transfer of knowledge within the team.

So make sure that your COO is capable of working efficiently with the team and is good at collaborative tasks.

Over to You

Your COO is one person who will be involved in most of the major decisions making processes and events happening within the company.

So having the right person to participate in these events is crucial. By focusing on their soft skills along with their hard skills, you can hire the right fit for the role.

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About the Creator

Syed Balkhi

Syed Balkhi is the founder of WPBeginner, the largest free WordPress resource site. You can learn more about Syed and his portfolio of companies by following him on his social media networks.

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