By Michelle Wanjiku
Do you ever wonder just what exactly employers are looking for? How do they choose who to hire? As a job seeker, you are probably always trying to figure out what an employer wants.
No matter what industry you are in, there are some common things employers look at to know whether they should hire you or not.
Signs employers look for when deciding who they will give the job to
1. You know your stuff
Every organization wants to hire someone who took their time to research the company as well as the position.
“A great candidate goes to the interview with a lot of knowledge on the company and is also eager to learn more about what the organization does. Employers like it when it seems like the candidate made an effort to go through the company website and knows something about its products and services,” says Cynthia Wangeci a recruitment manager at Corporate Staffing Services.
If you have done some serious research, you will have a better chance at getting the job than a person who just knows very basic things about the company.
This is because; the employer wants to know that you are truly interested in working for them and you are willing to actually build your career there.
This is why you need to not only find out what the company does but try as much as possible to figure out what the company culture is like. This will show your enthusiasm for the position and also prevent you from getting a job at a company with a terrible work culture.
2. You are genuinely enthusiastic
The interviewer is not only listening to what you say but also how you are saying it. They look at your body language and listen to the tone of your voice to gauge your enthusiasm
Most of the time you could miss out on a great job opportunity just because the interviewer didn’t think you were enthusiastic about the position. You need to show the employer that you actually do want the job.
Employers want to hire someone who cares about their work and is truly interested in what they do. They will not hire you if they feel that you only care about being able to pay your bills.
3. You are honest
Most people believe that in order to get a job you have to lie about your achievements, the skills you possess and so on. This is not true because you are more likely to get hired if you are honest about your weaknesses and mistakes you have made in the past.
As long as you also show that you are working on your weakness and learned from your mistakes and it can never happen again.
No one is perfect and the employer knows this, and to them, the perfect candidate is one who is willing to learn and grow.
4. You communicate quickly and clearly
How long does it take you to respond to a message or call from a recruiter or HR officer?
According to Ms. Wangeci, a candidate who takes too long to respond to an interview invitation will probably be the same after he/she gets the job. Communication skills are very important no matter the job so someone like this clearly has poor communication skills.
5. The interview flows perfectly
Interviewers don’t just want to ask you questions, get your answers and move on to the next candidate. In an interview, you have a better chance of getting the job if the interview was more like a conversation and not an interrogation.
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You need to have thoughtful questions ready to ask the interviewer as well as try and learn as much as possible about the company and the position.
The goal is to leave the employer feeling like they want to work with you even before they decide to hire you.
6. You bring ideas to the table
What you did in your previous job is great but what the employer really wants to know is what you will do for them.
What are you bringing to the table? You need to show the employer that not only do you have the experience and track record for performance, but you also have ideas on how you can make things better for them.
In order to hire you, the company needs to know that you will add value from the moment you get the job.
There you have it; these are the signs employers look for when deciding who they should offer the job. You need to ensure you portray these signs to show the employer that you are the best candidate for the job.
The writer is a Communication Officer/Digital marketer at Career Point Kenya. Email: email@example.com