A question that is on the minds of every single job hunter out there: What do employers and recruiters look for when hiring? Job hunting can be a nerve-wracking experience – almost as much as the actual interviewing process. But, knowing exactly what employers and recruiters are seeking out in a candidate can help applicants prepare tremendously to put their best foot forward.
We’re going to look at a study that was conducted on nearly 800 employers, addressing this very question:
Fitting the Company Culture
83% of employers cited that cultural fit was key. How a candidate meshes with a company’s culture is typically determined by how a candidate’s behavior, interaction, and general attitude impacts those they work with.
BONUS: Employers appreciated when a candidate was able to have a direct referral(s) from a staff member within the organization.
Having the Necessary Experience
Further in the study, 92% of employers agreed that a candidate’s experience was also a critical component. Do they possess the general knowledge and tools required to perform the specific job duties at hand? Employers and recruiters will pay close attention to how a candidate describes their experience, qualifications, and previous job performances.
Employers will also be on the lookout for industry knowledge. Having a broad idea of what the job is about is just not enough for recruits these days. It is better to go in well prepared to an interview. Research the company before the interview, and try your best to understand the business and position. Knowing the specific details of any job resonates with 65% of employers.
Candidates should also be conscious of displaying a charismatic and positive attitude towards the job and company for which they are applying. Soft skills – personality, traits, and character – are now just as important as the hard skills. For candidates who may be migrating from a current job, they should be mindful not to display negativity about their previous job, company, or employer as this could count against them.
What Not to Do
Recruits and job seekers should also be aware of what not to do. Between 55-85% of all employers surveyed agreed that the following items would automatically disqualify a candidate from being considered: