Types of Employees to Hire: Independent vs Team Player


The recruitment process is one that is highly important in order to build a progressive and successful workplace environment. That is why HRMatrix is here to provide you with the best guidance possible in order for you to recruit the most productive employees. However, instead of providing you tips on how to maneuver through large amounts of information regarding potential candidates, we want to break down the types of employees you should generally be looking for. 

How to Identify 

Let’s begin with the identification process when recruiting potential employees. You’re going to have to ask the right questions and be perceptive on an overall basis. This requires general insightfulness and the personal touch within the dynamic of an interview otherwise you’re just going to break it down into a type A and type B identification process. Try to get to know your employees on a personal level within the boundaries of professionalism. Then after assessing who they are as a whole individuals try to see if they fit into these categories. There are six optimal types of employees that you want to recruit within the workplace. 

Team worker

Let’s begin with the team worker. While these labels are very self-explanatory, when you are in the process of interviewing a candidate for your business/company it’s hard to pick up on whether your employee is the type to be a team player or an independent worker-among many other types. A team player does not depict himself/herself as a heavily reliant employee when you are interviewing them. It’s a matter of asking questions really to understand if they prefer a collaborative dynamic within the workplace. 

Why don’t you try this: establish a scenario in which you promulgate the functional behaviors of each type and see which of the types the interviewee relates to the most. If a team player is truly a team player they are most likely extroverted and prefer to rather help out other employees instead of relying on, regardless their belief a collective community/environment is better than an independent one.  


The independent employee typically is introverted but this of course is not consistently true! The independent employee prefers to complete tasks on their own and report progress in our one–on–one dynamic with management. You want to hire an independent type of employee within your workplace, however, it is also important to keep a collaborative balance because having an encompassing amount of independent employees will not contribute as successfully to the company/business. You want a few independent employees because that introduces a unique function within the workplace and essentially created a duality between team workers and independent employees. The point is you want to establish a balance the best way to do so is to introduce a duality.