Recruiters are often asked what hiring managers are looking for in a candidate. To answer that question let’s start with the most obvious: your skillset. Do you have what it takes to fulfill, preferably, all requirements of the job? The first thing a hiring manager will look at is your CV. So, the question is ‘do you have the necessary skills, experience and education to do the job?’.

Once that hurdle is conquered, employers tend to look at the personal side of hiring a new team member.

  1. Will you fit in the team? Are you a team player?
  2. Do you know what you want in your career?
  3. Are you able to put your skills into action? Can you point to success at work or elsewhere?
  4. Are you ambitious?
  5. Do you know your own strengths?
  6. Are you enthusiastic and passionate about the job/company/task?

Will you fit in the team? Are you a team player?

Nowadays it is extremely important to make sure that a new employee fits into the existing team. Why? – One, for the new employee’s sake: if a new employee doesn’t fit in the team he or she will most-probably not perform well, be unhappy and quit. Two, for the existing team’s sake: if a new hire doesn’t fit into the team it could cause problems and issues that make it impossible to work together.

Do you know what you want in your career?

More specifically, do you know what you want to achieve in this job? People who know what they want and are usually willing to work for it.

Are you able to put your skills into action? Can you point to success at work or elsewhere?

You don’t necessarily need to have won a world record in a skill that the new job requires, but when the interviewer asks you about a success you had in your life you should have an answer prepared. The same applies for the question about examples of when you successfully used your skills in a real-world work situation. Be prepared and know what you have achieved already.

Are you ambitious?

Businesses like to hire driven and motivated people who will go the extra mile if necessary. Ambitious people work hard, do the best they can and reflect on what they could do to improve their work and efficiency.

Do you know your own strengths?

This is a difficult one, people often recite what they learned by heart for previous interviews. Yes, we are all team players and yes, we are all very diligent and hard working. Fair enough, if these are your core strengths but try not to make them sound like you’re reciting a text. Try to make yourself stand out from the crowd and give examples as to why this is one of your most important strengths and why you think it is important for the job. If it isn’t a relevant strength for the job, it might be time to dig deeper and find things you are really good at that also benefit you in the new job.

Are you enthusiastic and passionate about the job/company/task?

Enthusiasm and passion are the most reliable indicators for genuine interest. People who are passionate about the job/company/task will do everything it takes to fulfill the requirements, e.g. work hard, improve their skills, look for new ways of improving things.

These are factors that hiring managers are most likely to look for in a new hire. Of course, different situations call for different measures. As recruiters, we have the benefit of being able to talk to our clients to find out what exactly it is they are looking for in a new employee. If you are searching for a new opportunity within IT Infrastructure contact us to find out how we can help you!

by Leonie Schaefer

If you are searching for a new opportunity within IT Infrastructure contact us to find out how we can help you!

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