Interview Tips

What do employers want?

Employers are impressed by candidates who have excellent communication skills, good grooming habits, and relevant work experience. They want trustworthy new hires who can move right in, get along with their co-workers, and get the job done without having to be babied at each step.

Top ten qualities employers seek

  • Communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Honesty/integrity
  • Teamwork skills (works well with others)
  • Interpersonal skills (relates well to others)
  • Motivation/initiative
  • Strong work ethic
  • Analytical skills
  • Flexibility/adaptability
  • Computer skills
  • Self-confidence

Facts to gather before interviewing

It is very important to know about the company before attending the interview. Check out their website. Interview friends and family who may be employed at the company. Research online, read news articles, press releases, etc. The more information you have about the company, the more prepared and competent you will appear to the employer. Gather the following facts before interviewing:

  • Key people in the organization
  • Major products or services
  • Size in terms of sales and employees
  • Locations other than your community
  • Organizational structure of the company
  • Major competitors
  • Latest news reports on the company, and local/national news that affects the company

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