Qualities that most employers look for when hiring new employees


Finding and hiring the best candidates for a job have never been easy. It’s your job, however, to first understand exactly what qualities you’re looking for in your new employees, and then to identify them in your job candidates. Here are some of the qualities that most employers look for when hiring new employees:

 Hard working

There’s nothing that will throw a manager into a paroxysm of rage faster than having an employee who slacks off and who doesn’t seem to know the meaning of the words “hard working.” Employees who are willing to work hard often go above and beyond the call of duty in serving customers and in attending to the needs of their organizations. As competition in global marketplaces continues to heat up, employees who go above and beyond the call of duty may be the one thing that differentiates organizations that succeed in the long run from organizations that don’t.

 Good attitude:

By “good attitude,” we mean people who are positive, friendly, and willing to help customers, clients, and co-workers. As you question potential job candidates, it’s important to try to get some idea of what they’ll be like to work with for the next 5 or 10 years. Skills are important, but attitude is even more important. As highly successful Southwest Airlines puts it: “Hire for attitude, train for success.”


Experienced employees are worth their weight in gold. Not only are you more likely to get a better, higher quality work product in less time, but you’ll also have someone that is ready to perform at maximum potential in a few days rather than the weeks or months it would take to train someone who is not experienced. When you interview job candidates, be sure to take the opportunity to ask very pointed questions that require your candidates to demonstrate to you that they can do the job.


This quality is the ability to take initiative to get work done. In an Internet survey that Bob conducted for his book, 1001 Ways to Take Initiative at Work (New York: Workman, 1999), initiative was ranked as the top reason that employees were able to get ahead where they work (which makes this quality something both you and your potential new hires should be interested in).

Team player

It’s almost a cliché that being able to be a team player and to collaborate with others is a critical work skill in today’s organizations. But cliché or not, teamwork is necessary to the success of today’s organizations and the ability to work well with others is a definite must for employees in any business or industry.


People who are smart are able to solve problems—and solve them quickly. But keep in mind that, in the world of business, work smarts trump book smarts every time.


Employees must take responsibility for their work; employees who constantly try to shift the blame for their problems to other people or other things are employees you cannot afford to employ. Look out for the little things—like showing up for the interview on time—which can be key indicators of your candidates’ sense of responsibility.


Stability is an important quality in the employees you hire; the last thing you want is to hire someone today and then find out that he or she is already looking for the next position tomorrow. Consider how long the job candidate worked with her previous employer and why she left.


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Nirav Trivedi

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