“You only lack experience if they want it done the same old way.”
– Robert Brault
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a newly grad student or an accomplished professional, hiring managers will look for certain qualities in you as a job applicant in order to determine whether you’re a right fit for the job. You being a college or university graduate as well as your scholastic achievements may be a primer or a catalyst to get you accepted into the job, but ultimately it all comes down to your skills and abilities. And speaking of which, here are the top 3 qualities that hiring managers want from job seekers:
Change is more common nowadays than 50 years ago and among the things that proved this theory was when Facebook took over Myspace and Friendster by storm. It only took about 3 years for Facebook to dominate the social media sphere and thus far it had remained undisputed. The way business is done now is fast and efficient compared to 2 or 3 decades ago and it will just keep evolving. So the question is this, are you physically and mentally prepared to survive in this kind of ever shifting environment?
You have to adapt to the changes in company policies, quotas, requirements, marketing strategies and other things; and you may find yourself in the office at one point in time, then the next thing you know you’re in a flight to Europe to sit down with business clients that your boss sent you to. Plus a portion of the company’s assets depends on this deal and so you need to close it.
Or it could be that your internet marketing company started out with just 1 regular customer who is a shoes retailer, then after 6 months or so, your company now gets different clients each week and you’re in charge of assigning groups to handle their needs. Hiring managers will want to know if you’re able to keep up with them when it comes to these kinds of situation and that’s why flexibility is a priority in this case.
Okay, so you have a 4.0 in your GPA back in college and you’re one of the brightest students that gets by your calculus and physics class as if they were a walk in the park. But in real world application (unless you’re working for NASA, Google or some other tech companies, then those math and science lessons will come in handy most of the time) you don’t use math to solve a problem, instead you apply the same problem solving method on a point by point basis in order to do it. What do I mean by this? I mean, that you simplify things in order to come up with a solution and just like when you let “X” be the unknown back in algebra; on the job you solve for X in a similar way by gathering up all the data, identify the problem and then come up with possible solutions.
Here’s an example:
Let’s say you’re working in a textile company and you’re assigned as the director for production and proliferation; however, the retail orders of your most salable product designated as “item A” has been dropped by 15% in the first quarter of the fiscal year alone. Furthermore, this has become a trend and, in fact, if this keeps going, then you might have a sharp 40% – 70% drop in production and rollout of this particular product by the end of the year! So, what are you going to do? Normally you would call a meeting with your staff which may include the engineers, quality assurance officers, marketing managers, chemists and other important people. Your goal is to find out what’s wrong with item A to determine the cause of the loses in sales.
The problem could be from poor quality of materials or your competitor has created something better and to fix this problem, you need to forward item A to the research and development department for an upgrade. Afterwards you should be successful in distributing the better item A to your customers and probably even beat your competitors while you’re at it.
So far the hiring manager determined that you have the talent and the ability to adapt to any situation, but he needs to know 1 more thing from you. And that is, can you rise above what is expected of you? Summon your skills and talents at will while under pressure? Skills and talents don’t cut it when the pressure is on, only motivation can carry you through the worst of all tempests at sea, that is why hiring managers need to find out what drives you to do what you do. If you have all the 3 qualities, then that means that not only can you perform well on the job but you have the potential to lead and take the company further.
That’s right! Hiring managers are looking for leaders. Even though you may start out as a novice your leadership skills will eventually flourish and they will be observing you throughout your career. In fact, they may even spend money to build you up to be the next CEO or something.