You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and let’s be honest – people like you. While many of you have some amazing qualities, your interviewer is looking for several specific qualities that show that you’re ready to take on a significant role in their company. You need to find ways to show the interviewer you have them.
The 5 Qualities of a Great Job Applicant are:
1. Positive Outlook
Nobody wants to hire Debbie Downer, nor do they want to hire someone that sees himself or herself as a victim. They want to hire someone that is upbeat and positive, and will bring that positive energy into the workplace.
2. Problem Solver
Companies do not want to hold your hand. They want problem solvers. When you answer any question that could be negative, like “what is your greatest weakness?” you need to show you’re a problem solver. What did you do to show it never happened again? Prove that you don’t complain or constantly ask for help – but that you are the one that solves problems.
3. Information Sponge
Every employer knows that you’re going to have to learn on the job. Show the employer that you’re someone that can and wants to learn – someone that can take in information, evaluate it, draw intelligent conclusions and use that information to help the company.
4. Initiative Taker
It’s not just problem solving that’s employers’ want. It’s a person that does things on his or her own. Are you the person that goes to get a new printer cartridge when the old one is almost done? Or do you wait until someone asks you? Show you take initiative and the employer will love you.
Businesses lose a lot of money every time someone leaves the company. If you show that you’re committed to sticking with an employer (even if you’re really not) you’ll be far more likely to put yourself in good graces.
Qualities in Answers
These qualities should ideally be present in all of your answers. Try your best to integrate them into everything you say, and you’ll give yourself the best opportunity to land the job.
COMMENT: Can you think of some other qualities that an employer would love to see?