U.S. News & World Report article, 25 Qualities Job Interviewers Look For, Karen Burns describes specific qualities employers are looking for during an interview.
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When you’re job hunting, you need the right skills, education, and experience. But that’s not all you need. Employers are also looking for a host of other qualities.
For some examples, take a look at the following list. Don’t be freaked out by the length. Read through it. Think about how you rate on each item and how you could improve. It could be the best thing you ever do for your job hunt.
1. Energy. Humans are drawn to energetic people because energy is contagious and an upper. Job interviewers are human.
2. Good manners. Dressing appropriately, sitting erect, maintaining eye contact, waiting to sit until your interviewer is seated—these things all show respect for the person and the situation.
3. Maturity. Mature people know how to focus on the needs of others. Immature people are just wrapped up in themselves. Employers really prefer the first one.
4. Judgment. When interviewers start questions with “tell me about a time when you,” that’s your opening to bring up examples of when you showed excellent judgment.
5. Problem-solving skills. The “tell me about a time” question is also an opportunity to talk about how you effectively approach problems.