Employers Qualities

3 Qualities Employers Are Looking For

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As the job search continually grows more difficult in our current economic state, many wonder how they will ever land that “dream job.” With fewer jobs to go around, being at the top of the totem pole is a must. The first step in reaching that top spot is by blowing away the interviewer and showing that you are the absolute best candidate for the job. According to Heather Mumma, a hiring manager for a small business in Illinois, the way to do this is not as complex as one might think.

Be Honest

When Heather interviews potential candidates, she said it’s very easy to spot those who know what they are talking about versus those who pretend to know what they are talking about.

“It is not about how much one knows about everything, but rather about how much one knows about his or her particular field of expertise,” said Heather.

For example, if a job candidate were applying for a sales position in Heather’s company, she does not expect him or her to know all the ins and outs of the industry already. What she does expect however is that the candidate show her skills that would make that individual a good match for the job. These skills could include strong communication, willingness to work long hours, dedication, and an outgoing personality. No matter what the position, being honest and upfront about skills and talents is a must in the business world today.

Be Unique

Heather also explained how being interesting is a large part of landing the job. Heather stated, “I need someone who makes me remember them, stand out, be unique, and show me why you are the best candidate to fill a vacancy in my company.”

Whether it be the fact that you recently ran a marathon or you volunteered to help at a cancer therapy benefit, let the interviewer know about it. It will make you stand out from the crowd and it will show dedication and desire outside of the workforce. Employers look for assets such as these to contribute to their companies.

Be Informed

Heather also stresses the importance of knowing about the company to which an individual is applying. “I cannot hire an individual who is unfamiliar with the company. How can someone sell a product or promote a brand if they know nothing about it?” she said.

Do not expect to land a job in a company if you do not know what they stand for, what their product or service is, and the name of the owner or general manager. Showing that you have gone out of your way to find out about the company goes a long way in interview.

In small businesses particularly it is crucial to understand how these companies interact with consumers and what makes them special. Unlike large corporations, small businesses do not have any “budge” room to lose potential clients, and therefore knowing the ins and outs is a must.

With a good personality, a positive outlook, and strong knowledge of the company you are applying for, landing the job of your dreams will be within your reach. If you do not land the first job you interview for don’t give up! With time and determination the right job will come along. Always remember to be yourself and give the interview one hundred percent effort.

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Miriah Ludtke

Miriah is a student at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri majoring in Broadcast-Journalism. Upon graduating, she hopes to work at an entertainment news show or as a home shopping network host.

One comment

  1. I read an article about accents people have may inhibit you from securing employment. As per the article; having an accent, during the interviewing process, people “assume” that you’re not educated? Really? Well, I do believe that I have proved them wrong.

    The article recommended that people, particularly, with (Boston/New York) “accents”, should take speaking lessons in order to eliminate that perception. I was taken back and found that to be an insult.

    With that said, I grew up in Boston and now live in New York. I have a Boston accent and never worried about how I spoke then and now.

    I believe I secured my past and present job (going on 11 years now) is due to being yourself. I did my homework on researching the Company information. I looked into how long they were in business for; how many employees within the company; reviews from customers; the employees own reviews; and asked around as to how long current employees have been with the company (to me it shows stability; dedication; loyalty).

    Also be prepared in having the résumé that is compatible to what position the Company is looking for. Make sure you have that information at the beginning of your résumé due to the known fact you have to stand out and realize when they are reviewing same; they don’t have the time.

    I hope that with what I talked about; will be able to assist others for the near future.

    Thank you for a great article. Very thought provoking.

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