What Richard Branson looks for in an employee

When a company offers its employees unlimited time off without having to ask for permission and its employees rave about the company culture, you know they’re hiring the best of the best. And that’s exactly what Richard Branson does across his companies, including Virgin.

Here’s exactly what Virgin offers it’s employees:

–       Pension

–       Life assurance & spouse and dependent benefits

–       Income protection if you’re sick or have an injury

–       Profit share

–       Private medical plan

–       Bike-4-work

–       Childcare benefit

–       Holiday purchase

–       Season Ticket loan

–       Staff store, salon and gym

–       No holiday policy

So if you want to work for a successful entrepreneur like Richard Branson, net the benefits listed above and become apart of a business that’s progressive and doing exciting things in the world here’s what to do:

Lets see if you’ve got what it takes. Here’s what Richard Branson looks for in an employee:

1. Attitude

First and foremost, Richard Branson is looking for people with the right attitude to join his team. Of course he’s looking for skills and experience, but according to one ex-employee they “hire more for the can-do attitude and approach, because it gets more done and is more important than the CV”.

Being hard working and getting stuff done will count for a lot more than who you’ve worked for in the past or any exam results. Prove you’re a go-getter who’s action orientated and you’re more than half way there.

2. Energy and personality

Richard Branson looks for warmth and natural friendliness in his potential staff, and claims it is the reason why people choose to fly with Virgin Atlantic time and time again. This is something that can be hard to engineer, but if your friends, family and colleagues say that you have these attributes, you can be assured you’d be a good fit.

3. Wit and wisdom

Richard also states on his blog that wit and wisdom are key attributes for fitting in with the company culture at Virgin. This means you do need to have relevant experience that allows for wisdom to shine through and a sense of humour. Of course, that’s completely subjective but I’d go as far as to suggest if you don’t take yourself to seriously and can laugh at yourself, you’ve a certain level of wit required.

4. Determination

All of Richard’s employees are known for being hard working. It’s one of the reason’s he’s so happy to give his salaried staff unlimited paid leave without permission. He believes that “It is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a few hours, a day, a week or a month off, the assumption being that they are only going to do it when they feel a hundred per cent comfortable that they and their team are up to date on every project and that their absence will not in any way damage the business – or, for that matter, their careers!”

So, if you’ve determination to work hard and succeed, you’ll not only fit right in but be handsomely rewarded for it.

 5.  An ideas person

According to Richard “companies that give their people an outlet to express their ideas, not only give their staff a sense of purpose, but also give their company a better chance at success. It’s a win-win. Who knows, one suggestion could be a million dollar idea!”. It makes sense. His businesses are built on innovation in all areas, and innovation comes from ideas. If you’re a creative thinker with problem solving abilities or who spots opportunities for change and growth in your existing role, you can tick off another key attribute for what Richard Branson looks for in an employee.

How did you fare?

Which of the attributes do you have and do you think you’re a good fit for working for Richard Branson? Tell us in the comments.

Jen Smith coaches entrepreneurs in social media.

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