What Employers Really Want from Job Candidates

What Employers Really Want from Job CandidatesPlace yourself in their shoes.

If you’ve been looking for a job for too long, you may wonder how hiring authorities decide when it comes to interviewing candidates. Hiring managers will always look at licensing credentials in resumes. If you have poor grammar or punctuation, consider that a turndown point. That is why it is important to assess the look and format of you resume and cover letter before handing your application in.

Here are some elements you’ll also want to focus on to get the attention of the interviewer:

Specifics. It is important to be detail-oriented — being vague can take you off the list of prospective candidates. Always have a business-specific answer to get your point across most effectively.

Prepare. Do your research and be prepared to show the recruiter that you’ve been digging deeper into the company. Proper research makes it clear how interested you are in getting the job. Show why you are a perfect fit for the position available and why you belong in that environment.

Team Oriented. Recruiters prefer candidates who pay more attention to how they fit into an overall team effort. That is why you shouldn’t simply focus on yourself and your skills during the interview. Instead, share how your skills and knowledge can help the team perform efficiently and deliver positive results in the long term.

Demonstrate value. In order to do this, you need to evaluate all the skills needed in the role you are applying for. Match them with the ones you currently have, and during your interview, give past examples of your performance to let the recruiter see that you’re a perfect candidate for the job.

Don’t just provide empty words about your skills and talents. Provide some proof with the results you have generated. If you say you have a passion for the kind of job you’re applying for, give an example to illustrate the passion you are talking about.

Unique contributions. Always speak from experience. Share stories to prove your worth and demonstrate how you will be a great asset to the company. Having superb qualifications on paper is not enough. You must prove your talent in the use of your skills and explain how you can bring results that will be beneficial to the company.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.