Employers and Jobseekers have two totally different worlds. The employer sees applicants as a candidate in which there are specific traits in mind that they would like to see which allows them to make their hiring decision easier. The candidate list gets shorter by using a checklist of applicants with the specific traits that they’re looking for.

On the other hand, Jobseekers only think exactly about the things and circumstances that will benefit him. He wants to work for the best company out there, get the highest possible salary, acquire all the benefits that he can possibly get, land on an ideal workplace for his convenience and all other benefits that he can think of.

In order to arrive with a mutual agreement of filling in the position (employer) or getting hired for the position (jobseeker), both parties should meet their expectations. Let’s take a look first on how Recruiters usually shortlist their best candidates. They usually have a checklist on hand that they refer to all the time, it may be written down somewhere or it may already be embedded in their minds.

In general their checklist will look like this:

  • Has great communication skills
  • Can work effectively with other employees
  • Solves common and complicated issues
  • Unstained personal and professional background
  • Someone you can count on to do the job no matter what
  • Adapts to the ever changing demands of the job
  • Great educational background
  • Can collaborate with anyone on the team
  • Self inspired to do his work
  • Has the drive necessary to complete all given tasks and projectsPhoto CreditL:

If the above list is the most common trait that an employer is looking for in an employee, you need to do your best to make them see that you are a suitable applicant.

Read the list of questions, tailor fit your responses to suggest that you have these qualities, in order to make yourself one of the best candidates for the job:

  • How can I demonstrate that I have great communication skills?
  • How do I show that I can work well with others?
  • What can I share from my previous work experience to show that I can solve complicated problems at work?
  • What skills can I share to show that I have the necessary competence needed for the job?
  • How do I demonstrate being flexible in changing policies and work guidelines?
  • What experience can I share that displays my ability to solve issues that rise in the workplace?
  • What instances can I share to display professional integrity with my work?
  • How do I show that I am self-motivated?

The employer sees often see the interview as a process of elimination. By being able to successfully answer questions like this with your responses, you can increase your chances of getting hired for the role. They would start with the 100, 200, even 300 jobseekers and they would end up with only 10 candidates. They would screen all the candidates further to end up with the last 3 or 5 and eventually 1 candidate who they think will be the best one for the job.

As a jobseeker, you should look at these traits and see where you fit in depending on the role that you’re applying for. Your primary concern should be to check all the boxes that the employer has on his check list. If you can successfully do that, you will have a greater chance of winning the job hunting game. Your qualifications need to fit the job description and be the one to be the most likely to do the job in the eye of the employer.

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