Every industry and company looks for different skills in their potential hires, yet there are general attributes that companies covet and seek when interviewing potential job candidates.
Below is the Terri Lee Ryan's Top (5) List of these attributes:
- The ability to listen well and take direction. This is a skill that hiring managers notice first in an interview. Make sure you listen to the question and answer appropriately. So many job candidates just don’t listen and ramble on about something the hiring manager never asked!
- Self assurance, but not arrogance. Employers like individuals who are confident about what they have to offer but never, I mean never, be arrogant. It is a huge turn-off for hiring managers.
- Enthusiasm is a sought-after trait that hiring managers look for in job candidates. They like someone who is excited about what they do and the potential contribution they can make to a company. Being upbeat and attentive is a must.
- Team Players are always coveted by a company. They like people who they know can “play in the sandbox’ with others and can easily assimilate within the current culture of the company, with very little effort.
- Flexibility is a trait that companies value. They need workers who are flexible enough to welcome any needs or changes the company embarks on, without having to deal with a discontented employee.
The name of the game in interviewing is to “step up your game” to get hired, if you believe the company culture is one that you want to be apart of. Take a long look in the mirror and ask yourself, “Would I hire me?” If the answer is no, then you need to get better prepared before you do anymore interviews.