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29 Qualities Your Employer Look Out For
1. Self-Motivation
What does self-motivation really mean to a boss? The definition of motivate is to give somebody a reason or incentive to do something. Through this definition, one can conclude that for an employee to be motivated they must feel like they are making a difference with what they are doing or that by succeeding at this particular job will lead to other career advances. For an employee to be motivated, he or she must feel one of these things. Now that we all understand a little better what motivation is, let us take a better look at why motivation is so essential to the “perfect employee.”

It doesn’t matter if the boss is a CEO of a Fortune 500 company or a manager of a McDonald’s: he or she is looking for employees that do not have to be micro-managed. Ideal employees should be able to take on a job or task and figure out a solution without having to be harassed by the manager throughout the entire day. This takes a “get it done” type of personality in which they are not afraid to help out with things without being asked or constantly nagged. Bosses want to be confident that things are getting done when they turn their back on employees, because if their team is made up of motivated people then they know that tasks will be completed.

2. Positive Attitude
I don’t think I need to recite a definition of a positive attitude. We have all worked with people who complain and disrupt other employees, but we have also worked with people who always have something nice to say and can boost your mood when you’re having a bad day. I can picture you now, either looking around your office or picturing people in your mind that fit either one of these descriptions. Now, I want you to ask yourself who you would rather work with.

I’m going to take a wild guess and say the latter employee or co-worker: the person with a positive attitude and enthusiasm. Managers know that these types of people will be able to boost spirits when the team is falling apart or there is a big crisis. Smiles and a friendly attitude can also go a long way in an interview, because it will convey that you would be pleasant to work with. What’s the most important thing to take away from trait number two? If you can’t be positive and happy all the time (like me), then it is important to remember that bad attitudes bring down the team! So, even if your day is not going perfectly, try to refrain from taking it out on others and find another outlet. Let’s face it — attitudes are contagious. Positivity is not just beneficial to the boss, because it’s also beneficial to colleagues who’d rather not work alongside a “Debbie Downer”!

3. Organisation
I am referring to multiple organisational skills when I say that employees should be organised. This trait means being able to organise work but also able to organise thoughts, people, and time. What do I mean by organising people? A superior employee is able to work and get along with other employees in teams while figuring out what each individual is able to do. Time management is one of the biggest problems that employees face. Overcoming the obstacle will give you needed points with a boss, because an efficient employee is a productive employee. And what kind of boss wouldn’t want that?

I have one more suggestion for those of you wondering if you could be more productive for your boss; keep a journal of all your activities during the day. You will most likely be astounded at the amount of time you spend surfing the web, talking to coworkers, or texting (if not, then you have nothing to worry about). Being organised comes down to being as efficient and productive at your job as you can and reaching those deadlines with plenty of time to spare.

4. Confidence
The interview is the first time a future employer will really be able to see this part of you. An interview can be very overwhelming and sometimes feel like a firing squad of questions, which the interviewee needs to answer quickly. The best advice I can give to someone going into an interview is to be PREPARED. Go over some general questions in your head before an interview so that you feel comfortable with your answers beforehand. If you are confident in the interview, then the employer will be positive that he or she can trust you with anything he or she throws at you.

If you are already in a secure position and you are wondering how you can show your boss just how confident you really are, then I would recommend that you simply show it through your work. Don’t be scared to stand up for your accomplishments. I guarantee an employer would rather you stand by what you did, even if it is wrong, than slither away at the first criticism. Other personality traits can be easily improved upon, but lack of confidence in yourself and your work is had to overcome!

5. The Go-Getter
This person doesn’t have to be the best or the most talented, but they are always willing to take a chance. They aren’t afraid of making the first move, or being wrong. They have great levels of self-confidence and they’re willing to bet on their success.

6. Mr./Mrs. Reliable
This steadfast office staple never waffles or wavers. They rarely take sick days and bosses quickly learn they can be taken at their word. These types of employees generally rise to the level of a trusted confidant, or the boss' right-hand man/woman. Just as every baseball team needs a reliable pitcher to win games in the 9th inning, every business needs a competent and reliable closer to get things done.

7. The Cheerleader
This person is an expert at encouragement, with a perpetually positive attitude and eternal smile on his/her face. They’re great motivators and they help keep up company morale, even when things seem to be falling apart at the seams.

8. The Strategist
These types of employees always have a plan in place. They know what they want and can develop an effective strategy to achieve those goals. Employers love these types of employees because they can quickly grasp complex concepts and develop plans for achieving optimal results.

9. The Leader
Leaders are excellent for successfully taking charge of projects or teams. Employers are always seeking responsible leaders who’ve developed their skills and honed their talents to manage people successfully. Talent is one thing, but if you don't have someone who can harness that talent and manage it to achieve the best results then you're in trouble.

10. The Creative
Innovative individuals are always highly sought after. Creative individuals can help companies succeed and reach their goals in new and unique ways. Companies need these types of individuals to assist them in navigating the ever-evolving world of technology. Companies can't afford to rest on their laurels these days, and the innovators are the ones who propel everyone else forward.

11. The Problem Solver
Problem solvers successfully evaluate problems and develop appropriate solutions. They tend to think outside the box, and they are capable of thinking quickly when sudden problems arise or customers need assistance. When everyone else is having a meltdown during a crisis, every company turns to the problem-solver to stay rational in order to lead them out of the woods.

12. The All-in-One
Companies fortunate to find someone with all the preceding qualities usually become extremely successful. People who can successfully integrate all these skills usually generate the best ideas and innovative solutions. Companies can gain a great deal from the services provided by such a versatile individual.

13. Contacts
Do you have enough contacts? The more contacts you have in the marketplace, the more likely it is you will find the job you want. The more people you know and who know you, the more likely it is you will uncover one of the 85 percent or more of job openings that are never listed anywhere. This is why it is so important for you to network continually. Join clubs and associations. Ask people for referrals and references. Tell your friends, relatives, and associates that you are in the market for a new job. Make sure that everyone you know is aware that you are available and looking for a job. Nothing is more important than your circle of contacts. The great majority of jobs that are filled in the hidden job market are filled because someone knows someone. And you can expand your range of contacts just by telling people that you are available and asking for their help and their advice.

14, Credibility
Your reputation is important! The second C is credibility. This is made up of your reputation and your character. Your credibility is the most important single quality about you in terms of getting recommendations and referrals from your contacts. Make sure that everything you do is consistent with the highest ethical standards. Make sure that you never say or do anything that could be misconstrued by anyone as anything other than excellent conduct and behaviour. Remember, people will only recommend you for a job opening if they are completely confident that they will not end up looking foolish as a result of something you do or say.

15. Competence
Be good at what you do. The third C is competence. In the final analysis it is how good you are and how good you have been in your previous jobs that will determine, more than anything else, how good you can be at the job under consideration. Next to your character, your level of competence will be the single most important factor in determining your success in your career. This is why you must be continually working to maintain and upgrade your levels of competence through personal study all your working life.

16. Intelligence
In every study, it has been found that fully 76 percent of the productivity and contribution of an employee will be determined by his or her level of intelligence. Intelligence in this sense means the ability to plan, to organise, to set priorities, to solve problems, and to get the job done. Intelligence refers to your level of common sense and your practical ability to deal with the day-to-day challenges of the job. The key to demonstrating your intelligence is for you to ask intelligent questions. One of the hallmarks of intelligence that is immediately evident is curiosity. The more you ask good questions and listen to the answers, the smarter you appear.

17. Leadership ability
Leadership is the willingness and the desire to accept responsibility for results. It’s the ability to take charge, to volunteer for assignments, and to accept accountability for achieving the required results of those assignments.

The mark of the leader is that he or she does not make excuses. You demonstrate your willingness to be a leader in the organization by offering to take charge of achieving company goals and then committing yourself to performing at high levels.

18. Integrity
It’s probably the most important single quality for long-term success in life and at work. Integrity begins by being true to yourself. This means that you are perfectly honest with yourself and in your relationships with others. You are willing to admit your strengths and weaknesses. You are willing to admit where you have made mistakes in the past. Especially, you demonstrate loyalty. You never say anything negative about a previous employer or a person whom you have worked with or for. Even if you were fired from a previous job, never say anything negative or critical.

19. Likability
Employers like people who are warm, friendly, easygoing, and cooperative with others. Employers are looking for people who can join the team and be part of the work family.

Men and women with good personalities are invariably more popular and more effective at whatever they do. Teamwork is the key to business success. Your experience in working as part of a team in the past and your willingness to work as part of a team in the future can be among the most attractive things about you in applying for a job.

20. Competence
We spoke about this earlier. Competence is terribly important to your success. It is really the foundation of everything that happens to you in your career.

In its simplest terms, competence is the ability to get the job done. It is the ability to set priorities, to separate the relevant from the irrelevant tasks, and then to concentrate single-mindedly until the job is complete.

21. Courage
This is the willingness to take risks. Courage also means the willingness to accept challenges, the willingness to take on big jobs or even new jobs where there is a high degree of uncertainty and the possibility of failure.

Courage also means the willingness to speak up and say exactly what you think and feel in a difficult situation. Employers admire men and women who are not afraid to speak their minds. And you demonstrate this in a job interview when you ask frank and direct questions about the company, the position, and the future that you might have with the organization

22. Inner strength
Inner strength means that you have the determination and the ability to persevere in the face of adversity. Inner strength means that you have the quality of persistence when the going gets rough. You demonstrate inner strength when you remain calm, cool, and relaxed during the job interview. If you are calm and cool during the interview, it is a good indication that you will be calm and cool in the inevitable crises that occur during the day-to- day operations of the company.

Above all, it is your character, which is the sum total of all your positive qualities, that will have the greatest impact on whether you get the job you want. Your job now is to continue working on your character by practicing the behaviours of top people at every opportunity.

23. Embrace digital trends and social media
Most people want to work for companies that keep up with the latest tech trends. A survey by MIT and Deloitte found that the vast majority of respondents, ages 22 to 60, want to work for digitally enabled organizations, which means businesses will have to stay ahead of the curve in order to retain employees and attract new ones.

Another good way to embrace the digital side is to make sure your career site is mobile-friendly. According to a 2015 Pew Research survey, nearly 30 percent of American adults have used their smartphone in some way for their job search, including browsing job listings (94 percent of smartphone job seekers), filling out online job applications (50 percent) and creating a resume or cover letter (23 percent).

24. Focus on soft skills
Although the right skill set may seem like the most important factor in whether a candidate is a good fit for a particular role, the truth is that skills can be acquired, but personalities cannot.

"Social intelligence — being able to navigate social situations and work well with others — is very important," said Maynard Brusman, a San Francisco-based psychologist and founding principal of consulting firm Working Resources.

"Don't become pigeonholed into thinking the person with the exact necessary experience is the right person for the role," added Tom Gimbel, CEO and founder of staffing and recruiting firm LaSalle Network. "Consider soft skills — like interpersonal skills, communication skills, thought processes and emotional intelligence — because they matter."

25. Empathy
Employers not only want you to do the job, but to care about it and the people with whom you will interact.

Tell me about a time when you went out of your way to help someone at work.
Can you recall a time when a co-worker's actions were hurtful to someone? What did you do about it?

26. Mentoring inclination and ability
Interviewers want to predict your interest in reaching out to mentor others, and how you will go about elevating their knowledge and skills.

Tell me about an experience you had with a mentor or coach who helped you. What did he or she do that you found to be most helpful, and how did you respond?
Tell me about a time when you were able to transform someone you managed from an underperformer into a valued team member. What did you do to get great results?
Tell me about a frustrating experience you had managing an underperformer. How did you handle it?

27. Interpersonal skills
Employers want to hire people who can play well with others in the "corporate sandbox." Interviewers will be interested to learn how you deal with personality conflicts and your own role in them.

Tell about a time when you've worked with someone you didn't like. What irritated you and how did you deal with it?
What types of people do you best get along with and why?
Tell about a time when you have worked with people who have had difficulty getting along with each other. How did you handle the situation?

28. Self-direction and initiative
Employers seek people who will take upon themselves more than what is actually expected or required. To find out if you have that kind of drive they might ask:

Tell about a time when you proposed a new and better way of doing things to your manager. What prompted you to think about the problem to begin with?
Talk about a time when you turned a weakness into a strength. What prompted you to do so, and how did you go about it?

29. Flexibility and adaptability
In many companies, change is often the only constant. Policies, priorities and procedures need to anticipate and respond to internal and external conditions. Employers seek people who can adjust quickly. To find out your ability to adapt, you might be asked:

Tell me about a time when a major change was introduced in your workplace. How did you respond?
Tell me about a time when you were required to change the way you have been doing something for several years, when you know that what you've been doing "works" for you. How did you respond? What were the results?
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I have learn something this morning. what have you gained today
I think interpersonal skills are the most important thing.

You can't walk into an interview and do everything perfectly, your mind may go blank and you wouldn't remember anything.

Just remember to make good contact and you will be fine.
Have you ever thought about why you work at a certain company or why your employees work at your company?
A great post. you have put up all the qualities one candidate must have when applying for a job. COmmuniction is the key to success.

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