The employment market has never been very competitive and as the unemployment rate continues to rise, the discerning applicant is looking to hone their skills for being hired. So I've compiled a list of qualities employers look for in an interview. Without any more delay, let's see 5 things you need to learn to put yourself at the top of the candidate pile.
1. Never Stop Learning Rather Remain Open to New Growth
The world is ever-changing and employers are looking for a team that can adapt to it. Showing that you have a growth mindset displays you have the intelligence, insight to understand that nothing is permanent, and you'll always be developing new skills and knowledge. It also shows that you're open to grow and develop with the company as it expands and even changes direction, which is a very valuable trait to an employer. Remaining open to learning means you learn from your mistakes and are open to finding solutions to challenges you encounter by expanding your skills and understanding of new subjects.
2. Creativity Is the Key to Every Challenge
It doesn't matter how scientific or rigid your industry might seem, without creativity, there would be no innovation. Also, creativity is one trait that artificial intelligence can't beat humans at. Creativity offers new ideas and ways to look at problems and solve them using technology we never deemed possible. Creativity is the ability to fully realize the benefits of scientific advancements across numerous industries being equipped with imagination to scale or restructure discoveries to provide improved solutions in new areas is priceless. Creativity is the real-life skill needed to make endless possibilities possible and being able to display this to a future employer is a surefire way to get hired.
3. Emotional Intelligence Might Be More Important Than IQ to Get Hired
Emotional intelligence or EQ became a buzzword in the 1990s. EQ is the ability to recognize and understand emotions in yourself and those you interact with, then taking this ability of recognizing emotions to understanding emotions to make sound decisions and solve problems and communicate with others. So you can imagine just how important EQ is to master if you want to get hired.
EQ is the ability to read the room or pick up the cues that people are putting out there. It's the ability to bring the best out of people by appealing to their strengths and meeting them at their level. The outward appearance of EQ in a person is a display of traits like integrity, empathy and the ability to work well on teams. These people are often promoted to leadership.
4. Leadership Skills Make You a Great Candidate to Invest In
The average time someone aged between 25 and 34 stays in a job is 3.2 years currently. It's also pretty common these days to change jobs every three to five years. Job switches can lead to a higher salary, more opportunities to branch into new areas and new experiences. If you want to save yourself the trouble of needing to switch jobs, then begin your career with the intention of growing and levelling up with the company you're applying to early on in the recruitment process. Try to display your leadership skills, this will make you more desirable because it shows you could work your way up rather than out of business. Your employer will also see you as a solid investment to upskill and include in their growth plans.
Presenting yourself only for the job at hand might give the impression you're not interested in growing in your career. If you can show your willingness to be flexible, open-minded and have leadership potential, you will be more employable. As a result, take time to look into the type of upward trajectory the company offers you. In your cover letter or interviews, try to drop in your intention to grow into those types of roles at the company or elaborate on how your skills can contribute to the company's future direction.
5. Great Information Is Nothing without Great Communication
Having the right skills or a plethora of knowledge is close to useless if you can't communicate it effectively to clients and colleagues. It's about as useful as reciting a beautiful poem in a language nobody understands. Communication means having the right words, tone of voice, presentation and body language and importantly the correct timing.
This requires being able to read the person or people you're communicating with, what do they look interested in, how are they interpreting what you say, how can you get your point across better? This takes some practice but once you've mastered it, it's one of the most powerful skills in your career toolbox and one of several qualities that potential employers are seeking.
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