What Employers Want

What do most employers want most?

Studies have shown that GPA is not really a good indicator for future success in the workplace. In fact, many of the top leaders in the marketplace were not great students…. past performance is the best indicator for future experience.  — BusinessPundit.com

Business man interviews studentThis employer looks kind enough. He is greeting a college student who is looking for work.

“It’s good to meet you. Come in and have a seat. I’ve been looking at your resume. I see you took some business courses. That’s good.”

“Now tell me why you are interested in this company? What sort of work are you looking for?”

“What organizations have you worked with. What skills would you say you learned that would help you with out company?”

“I see you did a two-month internship with XYZ Company. What kind of work did you do there? What did you learn that will be most helpful for you at our company?”

The First Mistake Most Job Applicants Make is ….

You should know from the dialogue above. If you don’t know anything about this company and how you would fit it, you are NOT going to get the job. You are expected to do your homework.

What is the First Thing they notice?

They will see if you are dressed in a professional manner and well-groomed. They will notice if you walked into the room with confidence. They will notice your smile and your  handshake. (A firm handshake is best for men or women.) They will notice how you sit in the chair… if you sit up straight or slouch back, or keep changing positions (a sign of nervousness).

What Sort of Person are They Looking For?

1. They want a person with Integrity, who is honest, punctual, loyal, and hardworking.

2. They want a person who is creative, flexible, adaptable, and open-minded, who has excellent social skills and is able to work well with people of different backgrounds.

3. They want a person with positive attitudes, confidence, motivation, and determination who is a self-starter and doesn’t need someone to tell them what to do next.

4. They want a person with good communication skills including reading, writing, listening and speaking.

5. They want a person who is an independent problem solver, someone who has excellent  research skills, who looks for answers from different perspectives and  who uses critical thinking to evaluate sources, analyze and summarize data.

6. They want someone with drive and ambition, someone with the ability to work as part of a team and to be an effective leader.

7. They want someone who will improve the effectiveness and productivity of their company. They don’t care about giving you a job. They do care about improving their company.

What will they look for on your Resume?

1. They will look first for your experience doing work in their area. It is often helpful to revise your resume for each job application, focusing on how your experience and skills will be valued in that particular company.

2. They will look for and ask about your extracurricular activities on or off campus. If you organized a new group to meet some kind of problem (perhaps disaster relief or helping the homeless), they will see you as a problem solver. If you worked as part of a team, they see teamwork as a real asset.  If you can describe your own leadership in the group, they will picture you in a position of leadership in their company.

3. They will study any letters of recommendation. They know these people will say good things about you. What they look for is specific details about how your internship demonstrated important skills such as problem-solving , computer skills, or communication skills.

4. They might look briefly at the classes you took, not so much for the grades but to see what you studied and how challenging your classes were.

And then they will ask questions

They are listening to what you say, and your tone of voice. While they will listen to what you say, they will be evaluating your communication skills.

They will ask if you have questions about the company or the particular job. Be prepared. Have questions that shows how much you know. It will let them know you have done your research well.

Finally, they will observe the way you finish the conversation.

NEVER beg for a job. Do not tell them about your bill mounting up and how your wife is pregnant and how long you’ve been looking for a job. They are not a charity giving jobs to the poor. They are a business giving jobs to those who will do the best job for them.

You want to shake the interviewer’s hand again and thank him or her for their time and interest. You can say “I really like what I have learned about your company… adding details …. I really look forward to hearing from you.”

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