Everyone knows that the interview is important in the hiring process but many would be shocked to know just how big of a role the interview plays when securing a job. An interview is truly what makes or breaks your chances of getting hired. The next most important thing would be your resume as that is the first impression you make, even before you ever meet your employer. There are some key things to look out for both the interview and the resume but this time, we are going to focus on all the skills an employer looks for when hiring a talent.
Essentially the skills you have are what is the most crucial. Your employer will need to judge whether or not you would be a suitable hire for the position based on your skills and qualifications.
- On a surface level these skills and qualifications would be evaluated based on your paper qualifications. This would be your Diploma or Degree, though so this in no way means that you are bound to accepting job roles only within the field of which you pursued in college or university. That brings us to the next point; pursuing certifications that would be relevant to your desired job roles or something that would compliment your current qualification. An example of this would be if someone who regularly uses Microsoft Office suite as part of their day to day job pursuing a certificate in one of the many courses that is catered for different specifications and job roles. This is so because before an employer can evaluate you based on your work, these paper qualifications act as a guarantor assuring an employer that you have the basic skills and knowledge that is required of you to obtain any given certificate.
- The next thing any hiring employer will look into is the character traits of an applicant. This is something that is gauged from the very first email you send in, in ways that you might not expect. Whether or not you are a meticulous person can be determined by things such as typos in your email, attention to formatting and font size etc.
- Some key character traits that an employer looks for are such as loyalty, honesty and work ethic. If an individual possesses these traits an employer will consider them to be someone who is dependable. The other important trait would be teamwork. Though the need for this skill may vary depending on your job role and position, it is always important to showcase your ability and willingness to work in a team. No man is an island, thus it is safe to assume that even if you mostly work on your own in a day to day basis, there will still be instances in which you will need to collaborate or work in tandem with other colleagues. Having good teamwork signifies the person’s ability to give and take, be understanding and communicate well.
Do not worry if you may not already have all these aforementioned skills as eagerness to learn is highlighted as another criteria that employers look for. No one is a genius or an expert from the get-go. Every great employer started as a clumsy intern making mistakes everyday. As long as you are willing and eager to learn from these mistakes and keep bettering yourself, a good employer will value you and give you that job.
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