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A review of several surveys conducted by business industry leaders including Inc, Forbes, and others disclosed some common characteristics employers actively look for in hiring and retaining employees. 

During the Q&A segment of the job interview, it is important to be able to demonstrate at least some of these traits in the answer responses.


If consistency is any indication of success, then allowing some of these character traits to show through your application and interview process will significantly enhance your chances for success.

Employers are consistently searching for the following traits:

1. Action-oriented– Stagnant employees won’t make a company money; action-oriented employees will.

2. Autonomous– Self-sufficiency is expected; employee who can get the job done without extensive hand-holding are highly prized. 

3. Communication– Employees who are able to communicate clearly and effectively are essential to the exchange of important information, ideas and challenges. Employers love to hire employees who have the ability to communicate well and express themselves in a clear manner, whether in writing or speaking. Inaccurate/inappropriate communication between employees can cause many problems to the company.

4. Confident– Confidence produces results and encourages employees to take on challenges that others shy away from.  Superior product or service and this belief spawns a culture of improvement and client confidence.

5. DemonstratedLeadership – Leadership begins with self-confidence, is molded by positive reinforcement and repetitive success. Nested in this attribute are critical thinking and conflict resolution skills.
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6. Hard working – Nothing great is accomplished easily, or via hiring 9 – 5 employees.  Rather, the foundation of an effective organization lies in its ability to recruit results oriented, hardworking employees who execute.

7. Honest – An employee can have all the talent in the world, but without ethics, integrity and authenticity, nothing great will be accomplished.  If nothing else, you want honest, forthright employees at your organization, otherwise your company will turn off clients and, ultimately won’t survive.

8. Organizationaland Cultural Fit – Employers are recruiting individuals who are able to work on a team and with a team when necessary. “Lone wolf” persona’s rarely, if ever significantly increase a business competitive advantage.

9. Passionate – Employees who are passionate about their job never work a day in their life.  While money should be a motivator in all individuals hired, it should never be the motivator. 

A formula for passion is Interest x Enjoyment = Passion.

10. Upbeat– Employees who come into work fresh and energetic everyday are going to out produce workers who think negatively and easily burn-out when they encounter defeat.    Upbeat and optimistic employees create a working environment that is unique, spawns new ideas and, just as important is enjoyable for the other people involved.

Anyone can apply for any job – but only those whose character traits are consistent with the employers needs get the nod. By adding these qualities to your character, you will improve the likelihood of being hired and staying employed!
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Dr. Eugene Matthews