Whenever young people graduate, the job market is flooded with people who are hoping to get good jobs. Young people who are hunting for an opportunity to get into the market and start earning! It so happens that the aforementioned journey is not all that easy what with giving so many interviews and applying to so many different places one gets hyped. Most often we come across young very frustrated people who claim that they have absolutely no idea what the employers are looking for!
Well we need to have sympathy for the employers too you know because the job market is flooded with people looking for jobs but actual job vacancies are quite few in comparison. The employers are flooded with so many resumes of needy people that they really have no choice but to be very strict with whoever comes in for the interview! Keeping in mind the woes of the frustrated young out there, I decided to do this article where we go through the main things that the interviewers are looking for in people! So get informed as you read on!
10. Do you want the job?
Let us being with the most basic of all questions, DO U WANT THE JOB? Because employers are certainly not out on a dog hunt for someone who would slouch to work every day and to top it all, would leave it in six months. They want to see commitment and they want to feel the dedication slash excitement oozing out of you!
9. You’ve had experience doing the job’s key tasks, but how well did you do them?
All of us, and yes it is a guarantee that all of us mention what were the type of jobs of that we have been doing in the past before coming for interview. Most of us even enlist the type of tasks that we were assigned. This is to let you know that it is not enough to only mention the kind of tasks that you did; the interviewers would like to know how well and with what efficiency did you accomplish those tasks! They want to know whether you brought something new to the job, were you creative, did you just do the bare minimum or did you exceed expectations! All that is very important! They are also interested to know whether you made any improvements to the tasks that were assigned to you or did you just stick to the old processes! Make sure you mention that and judge the turnover yourself!
8. What would your previous managers and coworkers say about you?
The next things that appears on this list revolves around your previous employers as well. The panel would sure as hell want to know (and they would ask you straight forward) whether you think that your previous co-workers or whether your bosses would say that you were awesome at what you did? The panel would probe the fact that do you think your previous employer would want you back or would take you back if you went! They are interested to know whether you left an impression on the people you worked with previously!
7. Do you get along with others?
When the panel asks you whether you are an easy-going person, what they really mean is that are you able to get along with your co-workers or do you have huge issues and personals problems that make it impossible to get along with the people working on your team! They always want people who are good to be around and co-operative and helpful to others! Someone who clearly has a lack of inter-personal skills will not be at the top of their lists mind you!
6. Do you pay attention to the little things?
If you think that little things do not count you need to think again! The interviewing panel would like to know whether you pay attention to the little things in life, like for example, do you come on time, do you follow-up on the follow-up items, did you send that email in time, did you compile that document that you said you will, so and so forth. These little observations say more about the employee than a CV can ever say! They show how committed you are to your work and how much of value do you give to it and needless to say, if you do not give value to your work, no one needs you (perhaps that is why you were fired in the first place)!
5. Do you have integrity?
The next question on their minds related to your integrity. Now they might disguise it with a various different questions and since all of those cannot be mentioned here, it will suffice to say that anything related to your work ethics, your commitments etc are relevant to this same topic! The panel wants to know whether you have your eyes on the company’s bonus plans or are you looking to give something in return to ensure an equal contribution? All of this information is critical for the employers to make the right choice about a person they are looking to hire so be on high alert!
4. What’s your work ethic like?
After your work ethics that involves how you handle yourself in the organization comes the work ethic that is directly related to the work that you do. In simple words, employers want are looking for zealous people, those who have their own pumped up energy flowing and showing in the work that they do! Most of the employers would be overjoyed to hire a person who brings new ideas into the position that he or she is put into and think of new, creative ways to do random things! Remember, the small contributions count big time!
3. Are you resourceful?
Do not get confused by this particular point because I certainly do not want to emphasize on the fact that you need to lose touch with reality to impress the panel but employers certainly are looking for people who would look at the positives instead of the negatives in the face of diversity and in tough situations! People who would not give and those who have a “it can be done” attitude rather than “this is impossible” one!
2. Do you know how to get things done?
Again an extremely technical point! The important thing here is not only to know what needs to be done and not only the solutions but also the way to have the solutions implemented. There is nothing worse than an employee who is filled with vague ideas and has no clue what do ever, how to put them all together!
1. Are you self-aware?
The panel would certainly judge one way or the other whether you know how to be a self critic! It is very important not to show the panel that you are this amazing super hero who can do no wrong! It is much better to admit what your strengths and weaknesses are, straight out in the open!