Qualities Employers Seek

As you prepare for your interview, keep in mind your interviewer will evaluate you on the following qualities:

Impact/interpersonal skills: Creates a good first impression; commands attention and respect. Able to meet people easily and be at ease and put others at ease.

Oral communication: Demonstrates effective expression in individual or group situations (including nonverbal communication).

Written communication: Expresses ideas clearly in writing, good grammatical form.

Leadership/motivation/initiative: Utilizes appropriate interpersonal styles and methods in guiding individual or groups toward task accomplishment.

Analysis: Relates and compares data from different sources, identifies issues, secures relevant information and identifies relationships.

Work ethic: Demonstrates examples of honesty and integrity.

Sensitivity: Actions that indicate consideration for the feelings and needs of others.

Planning/organization/time management: Decides on a course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a specific goal. Plans appropriate use of resources (people, time, supplies).

Judgment/decisiveness/problem solving: Makes decisions based on relevant information or data. Determines alternatives as necessary. Allows able time for evaluating information and making a decision.

Sales ability/persuasiveness: Utilizes appropriate interpersonal styles and methods of communication to gain agreement or build consensus of an idea, plan, activity or product.

Work standards: Sets high but realistic goals. Work output is of consistent high quality, correct and on time. Can be depended upon to complete a task even if it requires extra time/effort.