Recruiters usually receive a large number of applications for any position. These applications are sort on the basis of skills, education and experience. However, recruiters many times face situations where the application of the potential candidate looks highly impressive on paper, but when these candidates are called for interview, they don’t come across well.
What is the reason for this? What recruiters look for apart from education and experience during interviews?
These are the traits hiring managers look for in job candidates:
Every organization is looking to hire employees who are not just hard workers but are smart workers. Intelligence is one of the factors that make a person work smartly. A study claims that around 76% of the productivity and contribution of an employee is determined by his or her level of intelligence.
Hiring managers test the level of intelligence of employees by finding how good are they in dealing with day-to-day challenges of the job.
The best way to demonstrate your intelligence during interviews is to ask intelligent questions to hiring managers. Questions can be related to the post you have applied for or about the company.
2. Leadership Ability
Is the candidate ready to take charge for the assignment that would be assigned to him?
One of the best traits of leaders is they never make excuses. Companies like recruiting candidates who are ready to take challenges, accept responsibilities, volunteer for assignments and keep the other team-mates motivated.
The key to demonstrating your leadership quality is to ensure hiring managers that you are willing to help company achieve its goals by committing to perform at high levels.
3. Interpersonal Skills
Common misconception is that leadership quality is required only for management position. But the truth is most organizations are looking to hire candidates with leadership qualities even for entry level positions.
In many situations, an employee is required to work with fellow coworkers on a project. So, organizations look for candidates who can work well in a team.
Hiring managers ask potential candidates’ questions like what kind of work environment they prefer or their opinion about the other team-mates in their last job. At some organizations, hiring managers even conduct a group discussion to see how well they can interact with other members of the team.
Show your leadership qualities by talking about a time where your team had faced a crisis and you motivated them and helped them solve it.
No organization has time and resources to spoon-feed any employee. Companies prefer job applicants who exhibit self-development through a continuous learning process.
During the interview, provide examples of projects that you accomplished on your own with minimal management intervention. Also talk about the situations where you needed assistance from your seniors or management.
This will ensure recruiters that your team-managers will not be required to keep an eye on you all-time and that you can manage work on your own in given time-frame.
If you can show potential employers you have most of the qualities listed above, you will definitely become a first preferred choice for the position!