Tuesday, July 17, 2007

In search of what employers want

When preparing for a job interview, most of us wish to cause a good impact in our interviewer. The employers look for specific strengths and skills, necessary to perform the job you are applying to.

You can improve greatly those skills if you are aware of them, and adapt all your actions to convince your employer that your background suits the skills necessary to perform the job. Here are some of those skills:

  • Communication: This is the universal skill. It is related to your ability to communicate with others; listen, write and talk both concisely and effectively.
  • Flexibility: Some organizations have changing environments, and then you should be able to cope under changing conditions, work assignments, and new situations, as well as be able to accomplish multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Analytic: Are you able to research from multiple sources, to improve your existing work environment and processes?
  • Leadership: You should be able to manage your co-workers, if your position requires it, have the ability to get the things done, by others.
  • Problem solving: You should be able to analyze problems, get root causes and find solutions using your research, experience and creativity.
  • Confidence: Do you believe in yourself? If you don’t, how do your expect someone to believe in you? You have to recognize your strengths, skills, and abilities and offer it to your employer.
Identify your weaknesses, and learn, cultivate and develop the necessary skills. Doing so will get you into your dream job.