http://www.workforce2.org/qualities-employers-look-for.htm 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 conflicts. 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. http://www.helium.com/items/543149-top-10-qualities-and-skills-employers-seek 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 deadlines. 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. http://goldsea.com/Career/Qualities/qualities.html 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 one. 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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