Businesses don't just want to hire people with the right kind of expensive college degrees anymore. A college degree works as an added advantage in most of the cases. It will get you to the interview but beyond that point it's just you and your skills set.
Here is a list of traits that employers look for in potential employees.
1. Teamwork and Leadership
Employers want the potential employee to be a team player but also independent at the same time. An ideal candidate can work well in a team, knows the importance of team efforts and does not create any friction in the process. However, at the same time the person should realize and understand his/her responsibilities as an individual player and not be a free-rider in a team.
In addition to that, employers look for people who can lead the team in the time of need. So they have the perfect balance of being a follower and a leader. It is a popular believe and a common myth hat to be desirable a person should exude authority and leadership skills only. However, that is not true. In a business environment you have to take the roles of both a supervisor and a sub-ordinate. Therefore, employers prefer candidate who can assume both the role a leader and a follower.
2. Effective communication skills
Communication skills are often misconstrued with a well-spoken and well-versed individual. However, verbal communication only makes a part of communication skills. Listening skills and non verbal communication cues are just as important as verbal skills.
3. Emotional intelligence
Another thing employers look for in potential candidates is their ability to perform in a situation of crisis. The higher the emotional intelligence the better a person is equipped to deal with unfavorable situations. A higher EQ - Emotional Quotient is sometimes more preferable than having a higher IQ - Intelligence Quotient.
A person has to be accountable for their decisions and responsibilities. Employers want new hires to take their responsibility seriously and be accountable for their decisions.
5. Willingness to learn
No matter how relevant or competitive your college degree is. The exposure that you get on job is one of its kind. A know-it-all person can never make a good employee. Hiring managers look for people who are willing to learn and open to constructive criticism.
6. Ability to take risks
To strive successfully in this evolved business landscape hiring managers look for employees with entrepreneurial characteristics. No job is all fun and games. Sometimes you have to make hard decisions. How you make those decisions reveal a great deal about your personality.
Employers look for people who can weigh all the possible pros and cons, analyze the available information and then take calculated risks for higher returns.
7. Know their strengths (and weaknesses)
The most important thing employers look for is clarity in vision. Everyone is good at something and not-so-good at others therefore employers know that people who are portraying themselves as master of all trades either lack self-awareness or are just bluffing.
April Salsbury, MBA is a strategist, an analyst, an operational guru, a recognized leader and C-suite global healthcare executive with drive and focus for competitive markets. Co-host of The Business Forum Show and regular contributor to various business journals, she possess multi-functional and multi-national competencies with more than 15 years experience in business and healthcare. Her expertise is in invigorating revenue growth and infusing value of lean practices in growing companies through improvements to cash flow and operations management.
Fueling revenue, growth and profit, Salsbury & Co. is a consultancy firm focused on helping businesses and healthcare organizations achieve excellency. Our specialists have executive experience combined with deep functional expertise to provide our clients with services that drive real impact and results.
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