Desired Candidate Attributes

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Even in entry-level positions, most employers look for evidence of leadership qualities. Successful companies need self-starters who are not afraid to take responsibility.


Many occupations require to work efficiently with others on work on projects or towards a common goal.

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

According to recruiters, the ability to communicate effectively with others and get along with a variety of different types of personalities are two of the most desirable qualities in job candidates.

Analytical Skills

The ability to recognize problems, distill and define the pertinent issues, and determine and propose effective solutions is invaluable to any employer.

Dependability and a Strong Work Ethic

Employers want reliable employees so candidates should demonstrate dependability, responsibility, and consistency in their job performance.

Maturity and a Professional Attitude

Even new hires should demonstrate poise, maturity and professionalism.

Adaptability and Flexibility

Employers need to know that the people they hire can expand and change as their companies do.

Good Personality

At the interview stage, you possess the qualifications necessary for the job. It comes down to whose personality fits better with the culture of the company.

Related Work Experience  

Previous employment in part-time jobs and internships is highly desired by employers.

Initiative and Motivation

Signs of initiative are very compelling for the interviewer. The ideal employee knows when to take action without prodding by management.

Creativity and Intelligence

People who are constantly thinking of new ways to accomplish tasks make excellent job candidates.

Strong Grades

Recruiters often use GPA as a way of screening job candidates. If your academics are less than exemplary, use the interview to demonstrate your knowledge and skills.