What Are Employers REALLY looking for?

October 29th, 2012

Regardless of the position, there are a handful of qualities the best candidates have in common – and it’s not just relevant experience. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2012 survey, “technical knowledge related to the position” was ranked as the seventh most important characteristic employers are looking for in a candidate. That means hiring managers are searching for potential employees with a unique set of skills not often found through training or textbooks. Here are the top qualities they’re looking for:

1. Team Players

Being a team player means sharing, listening, organizing, and more. Demonstrate your ability to work successfully with others by giving examples during an interview. Don’t be a hypocrite – as we’ve mentioned before, no bad-talking former bosses or coworkers or the hiring manager will second-guess your intentions.

 2. Great Communicators

NACE’s survey found verbal communication as the second most important quality to employers. Great communication revolves around speaking confidently in a group setting, listening to others, and responding in a professional manner. The minute you answer the phone, or step in the door, show off your communication skills. Be friendly, positive, and confident when speaking to recruiters or hiring managers.

3. Decision-Makers and Problem-Solvers

In truth, all three of these qualities go hand in hand. When working in a team and when speaking with a group, it’s great to be able to take charge and find compromise if necessary. During most interviews, the hiring manager will ask something like, “Can you tell me about a time when you worked through a difficult situation?” Be ready to share a specific example of how you solved a problem in the workplace.

About ABR
ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center.

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