5 Things Employers Want to Know About You
Remember we were always told that it’s not all about us? Well, the same rule applies if you want to be successful searching for a job. Instead of what we want i.e. a certain salary, benefits, idea of what the future holds, etc., it’s important to know what employers want to know about us.
Once we know what employers want to know, only then we can we begin to alter our interview preparation accordingly, thus ensuring we get that salary, benefits and future we deserve.
Here are 5 things that employers want to know about job applicants:
1. Background Match – Employers want to know whether your background matches your needs and in what ways can you leverage your experiences and knowledge to help them.
2. Potential – Employers want to know not what you did yesterday, but what you can do today, tomorrow and even two years from now. Skills without drive = little to no potential = little to no return on investment for client.
3. Intelligence – Employers want to know that you can solve problems and think on your feet. No employee likes to be micromanaged, but can you imagine what a pain in the you know what it is to have to micromanage someone?
4. Reliability – Employers want employment stability. They want to know that you are going to be at their firm for the upcoming years and the best way to predict that is to take a look at your past.
5. Your $$$ – Finally, employers want to know how much the above 4 variables are going to cost them. Many job seekers grossly overestimate their rankings in the above 4 areas, therefore remember to be realistic.
In the End
While each employer is going to weigh these variables with different importance, these should always be of consideration to the other side of the table and knowing what the interviewer wants is the best way to be able to provide the crucial information for them.
Ken Sundheim is the CEO of KAS Placement a sales and marketing executive search firm specializing in recruiting all levels of employees for firms in over 100 industries.