Top 10 Things employers look for by yT26M1


    1. Communication skills - Excellent communication skills are the number one thing that employers and
       interviewers look for in a candidate. These can be either verbal or written communication skills but you
       must be able to prove that you can communicate and work alongside others in an excellent manner.

        2. Honesty and integrity - This is the 2nd most important thing interviewers and employers look for in a
        person, so it is worthwhile to remember this during the interview process and make sure that any
        answers you give to questions you answer honestly as you may be caught out later during the interview
        if asked the same question in a roundabout way.

        3. Teamwork skills - These are another important asset you must have, preferably you will have
        backed up any claims you make regarding teamwork in your resume with a portfolio, you can then
        present the portfolio during the interview showing and confirming previous experiences you have had
        with teamwork skills.

        4. Interpersonal skills - You must be able to prove your interpersonal skills to the interviewer or
        employer during the interview, skills such as working alongside others, being able to evaluate and
        accept responsibility, make team work more efficient and identifying methods used when dealing with

        5. Strong work ethic - you must be able to prove that you are willing to go beyond the call of duty for
        your employer and that you are willing to give them 100% commitment to the company and the job.

        6. Motivation and initiative - You should give examples during your interview to get across that you
        are willing to show imitative and can show motivation when left to your own devices.

        7. Flexibility and adaptable - Give examples from previous positions that show your adaptability to
        situations that can arise and that show you are able to be flexible and not stuck in a rut.

        8. Analytical skills - try to give examples showing off your analytical skills backing up claims with your
        portfolio during the interview, employers and recruiters look for ways that you have been able to analyse
        and clearly identify problems.

        9. Computer skills - With today's modern technology focusing on the use of computers excellent
        computer skills and understanding of various types of software are essential, try to prove you are literate
        in the use of computers and software in your resume or portfolio.

        10. Organizational skills - You will have to prove that you are able to organise in a quick and clear
        manner and show that you are not afraid to take charge of a situation and find a solution. This again can
        be shown in your resume or portfolio with examples from previous jobs.

1) Loyalty

Employers are looking for loyalty at both the supervisor level and overall corporate level. Employers want and
need to be able to trust their employees to work professionally to meet the employer's best interests. Employers
do not want to hire people who require close scrutiny or who can't be trusted to represent the company in public.

2) Honesty

Employers want employees to give them accurate, timely information. Individuals may waver from this standard,
but the enterprise doesn't.

3) Problem-solving skills

Companies are looking for people who are motivated enough to take on challenges with minimal direction. They
don't want to have to tell people to react when fires are burning - the employee should know that something
needs to be done and then work to fix the problem.
4) Communication skills - oral and verbal

I can't emphasize these skills enough. You need to be able to communicate clearly and effectively in either
medium. Yes, that includes E-Mail.

5) Technical competency

Most positions require certain skills, often backed up by a professional designation. This is true in the
accounting, financial, engineering, human resources, information technology, and legal fields, plus many others.
If you're hired to sell software, you'd better have some selling skills!

6) Flexibility

Business leaders aren't omniscient and they make mistakes. They also have to react rapidly to changing
business conditions. They need people who can change gears and focus quickly and adapt their working hours
as required.

7) Work ethic

I think it goes without saying that employers want workers who will work hard and who are committed to meeting

8) Determination and persistence

This is extremely important. Managers will give employees challenging goals, but generally they are achievable.
The key is to be able to work hard and keep moving things forward when you encounter obstacles.

9) Ability to co-exist amicably with co-workers

I was going to use teamwork, but that's been done to death and it's also implicit in some of the other qualities.
However, employers, and managers in particular, really really like to have people who can get along with their
colleagues and who can act maturely and responsibly in difficult circumstances. "High maintenance" employees
give managers the willies.

10) Eager and willing to learn new skills and add to their knowledge base

Along with flexibility, employers need employees who can and will learn new skills when needed. People with a
lifelong interest in learning will fit the bill.

1. Maturity and Stability
    The spate of recent headlines about employees going berserk and turning automatic rifles on co-workers has
undoubtely brought emotional stability into sharp focus. It's a trait we HR types have always valued.
Experienced interviewers typically value them more than even specific experience or skills, as important as
those are. The way an applicant relates to the interviewer and the way he handles interview questions, follow-up
calls and call-backs present opportunities for us to observe and evaluate these subtle but critically important
"intangibles". These are qualities that can't be taught and there's no substitute.

2. Loyalty
    Even loyal people switch jobs from time to time. But we also believe that people who switch jobs once a year
for no compelling reason lack loyalty to the companies that took a chance in hiring them. Yes, exceptional
circumstances warrant quick job switches, but a pattern of short stints is a dead giveaway of a lack of loyalty.
Employers simply can't afford to invest valuable training time, resources and compensation on workers who
routinely stay less than two years. Our eyes light up at people who consistently stay three or more years.

3. Honesty and Sincerity
   Mutual trust is the ingredient that elevates an employer-employee relationships to a mutually profitable win-
win proposition. It's a chemisrtry that happens only through demonstrated honesty and sincerity. Employers perk
up and turn over a lot of conversational leaves if we sense that an applicant possesses this quality in
abundance. Statements you may toss off as mere conversational throwaways may be turned over for signs of
honesty and sincerity. Avoid making insincere or dishonest statements at interviews or in your resume. Most will
be seen through right away.

4. Diligence and Reliability
    These qualities hardly need explaining. What you may find helpful is to know how we go about assessing
them. Telltale signs include arriving on time for the interview, calling at the promised time or day, conscientiously
following up in providing promised information. There are, of course, the references willing to vouch for these
qualities, but we take their recommendation with a grain of salt as we know how personal relationships can
distort an honest appraisal.

5. Sense of Humor
   I am not talking about wit or the ability to keep the interviewer in stitches. As a matter of fact a joker is
definitely not a personality type most employers are looking to hire. But a sense of humor is critical in anyone
whose position involves any degree of stress. The ability to keep a sane perspective in the face of insane
demands, to preserve a certain congeniality and equanimity rather than snapping at those around them is what I
mean by a sense of humor. We like people who know that, in the end, maintaining positive relationships is the
most important goal.

6. Experience
   Prior experience in handling specific tasks and responsibilities provides valuable savings in terms of training
time and lost productivity. We do take the time to assess what level of experience you have had with the tasks
you will be performing.

7. Personal Grooming and Dress
   How you groom and dress is an excellent indication of your level of self-respect and respect for a
professional business environment. Also, we're human -- we'd much rather work with clean, neatly-dressed
people than with slobs.

8. Well Organized Resume
   Your resume reveals your personality and your ability to organize and present information. A crisp, well-
organized resume can help you get an interview. A sloppy, poorly organized one will make sure you don't get

9. Education
   Yes, we do notice if you got top grades or went to a top university. But the importance of these factors drop
sharply over time. If you just graduated, we have few other bases for judging your performance, but if you have
been out of school for five or ten years, your school and grades matter far less than your character and work
experience. That is why the silliest mistake you can make is to lie about your education. You would only help
yourself marginally if your lie is believed but would destroy your chances completely if it is found out.

10. Hobbies and Personal Interests
    We do care if you are a well-rounded human being. That is one of the things we are assessing by the way
you present yourself and converse during the interview. On the other hand, we don't care much if you speak
three foreign languages (unless it's a job requirement), have been a cheerleader, can play musical instruments
or have traveled all around the world. Devoting too much space to listing personal interests and hobbies is more
likely to raise questions about your priorities than to impress a prospective employer with your lifestyle.

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