Your personality and how you fit into a company’s culture could be even more important than the skills you possess. One survey of employers found the top personality traits they look for when hiring—and some of them are ones interviewers can spot as soon as you walk through the door.
Forbes cites employer branding firm Universum, which surveys over 400,000 students and professionals about job issues. This is what employers answered regarding the most important traits they seek:
Professionalism (86%), high-energy (78%) and confidence (61%) are the top three traits employers say they are looking for in new hires. Kathy Harris, managing director of Manhattan-based executive search firm Harris Allied says these first-impression traits are the most critical for employers to prepare for as they all can be evaluated by a recruiter or hiring manager within the first 30 seconds of meeting a candidate.
“A manager can read you the moment you walk in the door,” she says; from the clothes you wear to the way you stand to the grip of your first hand-shake, presenting yourself as a confident, energetic professional is about as basic as career advice gets. But don’t be off-put by this commonplace advice. Harris, who specialized in high-level executive placement says even the most seasoned of CEOs can get tripped up by the basics. Universum clients agree: confidence ranks highest on the list of skills companies think employees are missing most.
So before your interview, practice your handshake, strike a confidence-boosting pose, and remember to be a little more like Tigger and less like Eeyore.
Check out the Forbes article for other personality traits that matter to employers.
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