What Employers look for in a potential Employee (From Resume to Onboarding)

Getting to work in a great organization is certainly something a lot of people look forward to doing and just like the level of interests, the competition is likewise high and this calls for an extra touch from every applicant just to be the most preferred candidate. We aim to reveal to you some vital things companies look out for in their candidates which should stand you out from all other applicants for the same role. Without further ado, let’s get started. 


First, employers look for people who can demonstrate a high level of responsibility toward given tasks and therefore, during your interview stage, tell stories of times you demonstrated such qualities and how you were able to navigate through some challenges in the past. Most times, when employment ads are put up you see some certain numbers of required skills (some ridiculous really) and you tend to wonder if they will ever get their desired candidate, but during interviews, you get a different ball game entirely and then you notice that what they really wanted was someone who could demonstrate some level of excellence and responsibility, someone who is self-driven and ambitious in their thinking and approach. Therefore, developing yourself in this light will really go a long way in helping you secure that dream job of yours and even life in general. Also, when preparing your resume try to include various leadership positions held in the past, achievements, successful projects (add links to them when needed) and so on to give the employer an idea of what you bring to the table. 

Secondly, Employers want to know if their candidate is up-to-date with industry trends or the candidate is rigid and not open to learning. Therefore, in your accompanying cover letter, add skills you have acquired over time (especially the new ones) and use the trendy terms in that particular industry. During interview, cite examples of when you applied some new tools in achieving certain projects and how much you have been able to evolve in your learning process over time.  

Third, one of the biggest problems with a lot of applicants is a lack of specific path for themselves. Some people just look for the nearest paying jobs and so today they are into sales, tomorrow, they want to do tech, after that they are thinking of lecturing and they end up not having a connecting line in their career. While it may be possible to find a thread through all these above listed careers, one must definitely be able to develop potentials for each and connect the dots as well as convince your employer on how your path has cleared up till now. For example, a graduate of Industrial Chemistry who started a job in sales but along the way developed an interest or skill in digital strategy and now has an opening in an industrial design company as a marketing executive, s/he can go ahead to show a thread through all of this and convince his or her employer of his or her capability. 

Four, employers are desperately seeking for problem-solvers, people who have the ability to provide solutions to lingering problems, this is so important that in the tech industry, a User-experience design department has been created to focus on customer needs and challenges and how to navigate through those challenges and proffer solutions. Nobody wants someone who adds to the problem or just points out the problem rather, we all want people who think without a box and are proactive doing that. Therefore, in your application and during interview, go ahead to show new ideas and smart things you have already or are thinking of. 

Lastly, in this article, employers want someone with a great character (teamwork ability, honesty, integrity, loyalty and respect), as well as someone with great communication skills (without this you will not be able to relate your potentials to your desired employers). While skills may get you a job, character will keep you in it and even provide opportunities for expansion in it. 

While this list is actually inexhaustible, these are just a few qualities employers look for in their potential candidates. Till we meet again, in the words of Richard Quest, make sure your pursuits are profitable!