Increase your chances of landing a great gig by demonstrating these 8 qualities of people who get hired for good jobs
As we head into the new year, many people are hoping to find good jobs this January. One thing that will help you is demonstrating the personal qualities that hiring managers are looking for in a great employee. Here are 8 qualities of people who get hired for good jobs and how to demonstrate them during the application process.
Confidence consistently ranks among the top qualities hiring managers look for in new hires. Self-assuredness is a quality that puts others at ease and helps instill confidence in you. Demonstrate this quality by always keeping your applications materials updated, doing your research where required, and being prepared for anything life can throw at you. Know what you’re talking about at the interview and be at the ready to show your work, explain yourself, and demonstrate your worth.
If confidence is awesome, overconfidence is awful. Nobody wants an arrogant jerk working for them, and one of the biggest pieces of advice successful managers give is “hire for attitude, train for skill.” Demonstrating a respect for others and a willingness to learn will go a long way towards increasing your appeal. People want to hire someone who works well with others and you can’t do this if you’re an egomaniac. Do this at the interview by listening, asking relevant questions, giving credit where it’s due, and keeping your ego in check.
More than ever, adaptability is key to success. We don’t know what the employment world has in store for us this year, and if 2020 taught us anything, it’s to expect the unexpected. Employers will be looking for people who can change direction on a dime and are willing to embrace change. Demonstrate this by showing how you have solved new and challenging problems and found alternative solutions both in your application materials and at the interview.
Willingness to learn
Always be learning and show that you’re open to developing new skills. Employers don’t want to hire someone who thinks they have nothing left to learn, and they do want to see that you’re interested in increasing your knowledge and skill base. This is all part of being humble and adaptable. Demonstrate a willingness to learn by showing that you’ve taken courses recently, read books that teach you new things, and talking about what you have learned on the job and elsewhere.
I once conducted a survey asking “All things being equal with skills and qualifications, what is the one quality that will put one candidate over another?” The winning answer was “enthusiasm.” Employers don’t want to hire someone who is lukewarm about a job or who just wants any old job. They want to hire someone who is enthusiastic about their job and their company. Demonstrate this by doing your research, showing up knowing your stuff ,and asking questions to show your interest. Also, say out loud in the interview that you want the job and ask about next steps.
Strong work ethic
The employer does not want to think you’re the sort of person who slacks off, surfs social media at work, shows up late, and leaves early. They want to know that you care about your work and will work hard. Demonstrate this by showing your accomplishments and talking about your successes. Don’t ask about vacation time, whether you’re allowed to leave early, or how long your lunch break is. Do ask about what success looks like in the role and what you will be expected to accomplish in the first 3, 6, and 12 months on the job.
While employers do want you to be a team player, they also want you to be able to manage yourself, especially if you’re going to be part of a remote workforce. They want to know that you’ll get the job done without someone looking over your shoulder and pushing you. Demonstrate this by talking about the things you have learned and courses you have taken at your own incentive, and telling stories that show you accomplished great things with little to no push from someone else.
Employers want to know that they can trust you and that you have strong moral principles. They’re trusting you with their business, their assets, and their secrets. Dishonesty and questionable ethics are scary prospects in an employee. Demonstrate what a stand-up person you are by telling a story about a time when your ethical code was tested, talking about the issues that concern you or volunteer work you’ve done, and by giving credit where it’s due.