We came across an article on Forbes.com that listed the top 5 personality traits employers hire most. Universum, a Swedish employer branding firm, collected the data by interviewing 1,200 of the world’s top companies, and ranked the traits by importance.
The five traits are:
- Professionalism. 86 per cent of recruiters and hiring managers look for a high degree of professionalism in a candidate. Dress appropriately. As most companies are looking for someone who will fit in nicely with the current staff and add value to the already established team, it is important that you fit in around fellow colleagues and company executives. Do a little research and see what the corporate culture at the company is like.
- High-energy. 78 per cent of employers are looking for an employee who will liven things up around the office. This doesn’t mean that you need to memorize a stand-up routine or dress like a clown; it simply means that you need to show how excited and eager you are to join the company. Employers want to see a candidate who is showing interest in their future.
- Confidence. 61 per cent of employers have ranked confidence as important because they can tell within 30 seconds whether a candidate is right for the position. Kathy Harris, managing director of the executive search firm Harris Allied, says that “the most successful applicant is the one who walks into every interview with her hand outstretched for a handshake.” Be confident, know yourself and study up on company information.
- Self-monitoring. 58 per cent of hiring managers scan resumes for past experiences where you have taken on a leadership role or used your own initiative to solve problems. Self-monitoring is something you have to consciously show potential employers, either on your resume or through story telling of past experiences during the interview. It means fitting your experience to the needs of the employer. Harris suggests that in an interview, it’s best to “choose anecdotes that show how you’ve saved, made or achieved in previous positions… and how self-motivation was critical to that success.”
- Intellectual curiosity. 57 per cent of employers are interested in candidates who are genuinely interested in learning new things. The most appealing candidates are the ones who will add value to the company by offering knowledge or showing interest in new systems or technology. Problem solving and the ability to adapt are strong traits to have, so stay curious and ask appropriate questions about the company, its operations, and its goals.
This post was based on an article written by Meghan Casserly on Forbes.com. Do you have some winning personality traits to add to the list? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section below.