Competition for jobs is at an all-time high so you need to deploy every weapon you can! Here are some tips on qualities employers are looking for.
1. Skills Match
The candidate should be able to demonstrate that they have the skills required for the position advertised. These skills may be, for example, strong leadership, technical skills and knowledge of Far East sourcing.
2. Be Honest
Employers and recruiters will quickly identify candidates who don’t know what they are talking about. If you are not sure of the question, or don’t understand the topic they are discussing, admit it, and ask for clarification.
3. Be Interesting
Employers expect someone who is remarkable, memorable, stands out, is unique, and can demonstrate why they are a great candidate to fill the vacancy advertised. If you have prepared anecdotes about the competencies you want to demonstrate, you should be able to make a good impression. You can illustrate your community spirit using your personal life – tell them that you organise a youth group, are treasurer of the tennis club, or you are a charity volunteer.
4. Be Informed
Employers expect candidates to take an interest in the company they are applying to. They will expect a candidate for a senior position in a company to know what the company mission is, understand their product, and have used the service, know who owns the company. Show that you have done your research into the company, and you’ve read their website, understand their advertising campaign, and know who their competitors are.
5. Be polite.
This encompasses a plethora of things but if good manners come naturally to you, then you will be on time, well presented, courteous to everyone you encounter, and a pleasure to talk to.