Most Popular Employee Traits

Job recruiters often use a secret let of most popular employee traits. Companies ask questions about these traits during interviews to make a best guess on which candidate is best to fill a job opening. The most sought after job positions are always competitive. That means the candidate must be competitive in his search and interview process with proper preparation. Knowing what the interviewer wants and knowing these most popular employee traits gives the job candidate a better shot at landing that great gig. There are certain secondary skills which are important but often difficult to measure. Intelligence is subjective. Is the mechanic less intelligent than the surgeon? Before you answer that, watch a surgeon try to change the oil on his BMW. Self confidence is clearly important but do you want an arrogant secretary? The word leadership is all the rage in this decade but do you need a natural born leader to conduct custodial needs? Recruiters often say they want a competitive attitude. Do you truly want someone in your assembly line always trying to be better than everyone else? Energy level is another popular term of this decade. Yes, energy is good but do you want an over caffeinated, obnoxious individual bouncing off of the walls while you are concentrating on accounting spread sheets?

Popular Employee Traits Worth Seeking

A better solution might be to avoid the subjective terms and focus on what is more accurately measured. Consider this list of most popular employee traits which are more accurately measured:
  • Ability to Communicate
  • Self-knowledge
  • Vocational Aptitude
The ability to communicate is easy to measure. Vocational aptitude is not always measured in academic performance. The candidate with an advance degree in English Literature is admirable but is of little value to someone looking for a pipe fitter or a welder. Self-knowledge can also be referred to as social intelligence.You can casually observe a candidate’s communication skills by asking questions and listening.

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Observe speech patterns. Observe the use of proper grammar. Listen to indicators of local accent and attitude. Wait for the use of phrases to indicate a person’s value system, lifestyle choices, and religious affiliation. No, you should not use a candidate’s personal lifestyle choices as a primary hiring decision but you can certainly consider how a person’s value system will mesh or conflict with the culture in your office.A candidate’s Social IQ is difficult to measure in a formal interview. This is why it is common for many business leaders to hold at least one informal interview in a restaurant setting. You can observe someone’s Social IQ in the way he treats restaurant service staff.  You can see a candidate’s Social IQ in the way he orders a meal and communicates with the servers. A manager would obviously want to avoid the candidate who is rude, disrespectful, or in any way is insulting to restaurant service staff. The manager might also want to
. The new graduate from the finest nursing school in the country is of little value until those acquired skills are put to work. The balanced combination of acquired knowledge and applied skills is critical to the success of any applicant. You can get a general measure of a person’s academic knowledge through college transcripts and discussions on academic subjects. Applied skills is another issue. It is virtually impossible to measure a welder’s capacity to create complex joints in steel structure or to measure a nurse’s ability to start an I.V. without observing the action.

The Breviary

All managers must be aware of acceptable and unacceptable questions to ask in an interview. Be sure the interview is a two-way communication with the candidate doing most of the talking. Be prepared, however, for the candidate to present challenging questions to the interviewer as every job interview is a two-way evaluation. Prepare your questions before the interview. If possible, review the question list with a qualified team member for input but keep the questions confidential. Always tell the job candidate about the next step in the process. Maintain good eye contact but do not stare as research shows that too much eye contact makes you look a bit crazy. Interviews can be challenging. Your best resource is likely your human resource. Learn to lead boldly with deliberate planning and analysis while avoiding vague terms and measurements. The list of most popular employee traits will go a long way to helping you recruit and retain top talent. Read more on how to become a better interviewer with this excellent article from inc.com. A complimentary article is this from Huffington Post: 9 Things That Make Good Employees Quit. Blog image compliments of © Ilya Kalinin | Dreamstime.com – Man to give, grant an interview. Chat show
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