What Employers Look for in Their Employees


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Steven Conway

United States

If you are new to the job market, or you are looking to switch careers, it can be tough to work out what a new employer might need from their employees. Although you will have read the job description and perhaps even checked out their website, you won't necessarily know what skills they want from the people that work there. However, there are a few ways that you can try to gain valuable knowledge and skills that many employers are looking for.

Working as a Team
One of the principle things that many employers need is to be able to work in a team. Although you might think that this is an obvious one, there are many people that don't see the importance of this skill. It is more than simply being able to work in the same building or environment as other people; it also means you need to be able to do tasks and accept delegation. If you have previously worked in a solo role, then teamworking can be a different experience. However, if you can demonstrate to the boss that you are a team player and that you can take and follow instructions, then you have a good chance.

Problem Solving
Although many companies have managers that will delegate and help workers if they have any issues, they are also looking to you for the first step to solving the problem. Automation is a key factor in many companies now because they want their workers to be able to keep the production rate high instead of constantly stopping to get advice. There is obviously a line where you will need to get further advice or authority, but they need to know that you can think for yourself. If you don't have previous experience in another job, try to think of a time in your life when you have needed to solve a problem.

Basic Knowledge of the Role
One of the fundamental things you need to have is a basic knowledge of the role you are applying for. If you go into an interview without any idea what the job entails, then you won't seem like you are interested in the job. Some companies will have created IT interview questions designed to try and test your knowledge of the role. Even if you don't know the exact details, try to get a basic knowledge of what will be required and how it is likely to be used in the role itself. Many employers will have a detailed training program, so they won't expect you to know intimate details.

These are just three of the important areas you need to know when you attend your job interview. Other can include knowing how to analyze data, how to interpret information and perhaps sales techniques. Another important skill you will need it communication, you need to be able to communicate not just with your fellow workers, but also with customers and other clients.

Working as a Team, Problem Solving, Role Knowledge


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