We recently conducted a survey with the help of 129 Accredited Employers in PhilJobNet who willingly participated to provide insights about their hiring preferences. This survey intended to collate common preferences when hiring candidates for Managerial, Supervisory and Rank & File positions among different types of employers. The questions revolved around qualities, skills, non-technical skills & work style preferences.

41% of the correspondents came from small companies with 1 – 100 number of employees. While 34% came from medium to large companies with a population of over 100 – 500 employees. Enterprise companies with an employee size of over 501 – 5001 employees & up also participated providing 25% of the overall survey responses.

Hiring Preferences for Managers and Supervisors

Top 3

  1. Confidence in Decision Making
  2. Ability to Manage Up and Down
  3. Good Communicator

Botttom 3

  1. Technical Leadership
  2. Flexibility
  3. Task Delegation

Confidence in Decision Making’ is the top quality from a candidate that most employers wanted with over 73% of them saying that it is their top priority. This is closely followed by the ‘Ability to Manage Up and Down’ with over 72% of employers wanting their talents to have the ability to talk to superiors and subordinates. While being a ‘Good Communicator’ landed on the third spot, not falling far behind with over 68% of employers saying that being able to speak well is essential as well. ‘Technical Leadership’ was one of the least preferred qualities for Supervisory and Managerial candidates, with only 55% of them saying that it is important.While 53% of employers said that ‘Flexibility’ matters  too and least of all the traits and qualities that they would like their candidates to have is ‘Task Delegation’ with only 48%.

Top 2

  1. Consultative
  2. Democratic

Botttom 2

  1. Authorative
  2. Laissez Fair

When it comes to Management styles or approaches, the ‘Consultative’ approach ranked first among five different styles gaining 39% of preference among Employers. This style of management happens when a supervisor or manager applies directive leadership while also seeking to find what his subordinates think about certain matters at work before making any decision. Followed by the ‘Democratic’ leadership style, employers also favor having a candidate that engages their group members by giving them a participative role in the decision-making process.  Although the ‘Collaborative‘ management approach scored 26% of preference among the correspondents, its overall  average score only rated at 3.08. ‘Authoritative’ management ranked only fourth among the five with only 7% of employers saying that they like someone who strongly focuses on the command as a leader. Least preferred among all is the ‘Laissez Fair’, wherein leaders become hands-off and allow group members to make the decisions.

Top 3

  1. Problem Solving Skills
  2. Leadership Skills
  3. Critical Thinking

Botttom 3

  1. Conflict Management
  2. Interpersonal Skills
  3. Diversity Management

A large number of employers prefer to see candidates for Managerial positions with ‘Problem Solving Skills’ (76%), ‘Leadership Skills’ (74%) and those who can do ‘Critical Thinking’ (69%). Communication Skills and Time Management are also relevant but did not come up out on top as the top priorities for their candidates. For the least preferred skills, ‘Conflict Management’ (56%), ‘Interpersonal Skills’ (51%) and ‘Diversity Management’ (42%) were seen to be as not that important compared to the other five.

Top 3

  1. Multi-tasking
  2. Collaborative
  3. Continuous Learner

Botttom 3

  1. Goal-Oriented
  2. Problem Solver
  3. Procedural

Among the Top 3 work styles that employers would like to see are the ability to do ‘Multi-tasking’, be ‘Collaborative’ and engage in ‘Continuous Learning’. All three were above 80% of hiring preferences among the pool of Employers. Being ‘Procedural’, or having the ability to follow a specific set of instructions came out last among all the preferred styles with only 65% seeking for their candidates to have this. Someone who is ‘Goal-Oriented’ and a ‘Problem Solver’ ranked within the 78% range which is not so far from the majority of preferences that most employers look for.

  1. Problem Solving
  2. Performance-Versatility
  3. Communication Skills
  4. Negotiation

Candidates for managerial or supervisory posts are more likely to make it if they display a good set of ‘Problem Solving Skills’ and also display ‘Performance-Versatility’, or the ability to think strategically and plan while also engaging in other projects. ‘Communication’ skills ranked third among the top four. While ‘Negotiation’ skills, or the ability to work with people inside and outside the group in order to achieve their objective, rallied only on the fourth spot.

Hiring Preferences for Rank & File Employees

Top 2
  1. Problem Solving Skills
  2. Adaptability

Bottom 2

  1. Organization
  2. Oral Communication

Problem Solving Skills’ and ‘Time Management’ are both on the top list of preferences when it comes to soft skills. ‘Adaptability’ and ‘Organization’ were close at 51% and 52% of preferences but the ability to do ‘Oral Communication’ was at the bottom of the list of preferences with only 32% of employers who chose it as a preference for their rank & file.

Top 2
  1. Professionalism
  2. Confidence

Bottom 2

  1. Self-Monitoring
  2. High Energy

In terms of traits and personalities for Rank & File candidates, employers are more inclined to look for someone who possesses a high level of ‘Professionalism’ and ‘Confidence‘. Least of the qualities that they look for are those who can monitor their own performance (Self-Monitoring) and those with levels of ‘High Energy’.

This survey was conducted with the help of 129 Accredited Employers in PhilJobNet and assistance of TalentSource, Inc. to align the survey questions with their 21st Century Skills Framework. Looking for more Assessments? For more information about TalentSource’s customized assessments and other consultation services, you may also GET IN TOUCH with them.