The secret to any organisation’s success is the right people on the bus and wrong people off the bus, opined American business consultant, author, and lecturer Jim Collins. Organisations would recruit individuals for new business opportunities and or upgrading their existing workforce. The rule of thumb for the employer is always simple – choose a candidate whose return on investment is the best for the organisation.
The work environment has been undergoing dramatic changes in recent days. “As the world is flat”, a successful organisation must be able to compete in a global market place. It must be agile, innovative and highly productive. The new technologies like Analytics, Machine Learning, Big Data, Artificial intelligence, are becoming an integral part of work culture of the enterprises. The employees, enterprises hire, must be able to adopt and excel in the changing environment.
College Grade Point Average (GPAs) and reputations are not the sole criteria for selection. Employers are looking for passionate individuals who will be team players, problem solvers, effective communicators with strong work ethics. If you see from the eyes of a seasoned recruiter, inculcating at least some of the following qualities will sail any deserving candidate through the entire placement process.
This is an extremely important factor that must be taken into account by the employer – the prospective employee’s capability to gain new skills faster. Quick learners usually supersede over their competition owing to their ability to learn swiftly and developing expertise in various aspects that are reflected in their job responsibilities. This quality often boosts their efficiency minimising the duration of any training involved which he/she is required to undergo through.
When we hire an individual, we hire a professional, not a person who wants to work alone and or only works for eight hours a day. He shall not work in a silo but a collective responsibility towards the organisation. His attitude affects the relationships she/he has with co-workers and supervisors, as he spends ample amount of time in the day with his colleagues and need to build a rapport.
Being able to communicate in a way that is comprehensible by any person in an organisation is highly crucial. Communication skills have become one of the key parameters in the appraisals and promotions in the organisations. A good communicator equipped with decent technical skills is most sought-after in the industry to ensure high customer satisfaction and value addition to the company’s credibility.
ABILITY TO TAKE OWNERSHIP
Taking initiative and accountability for one’s work or responsibilities greatly influence an employee’s appeal towards his work and also inspires others to do the same. Completing a task to the best of one’s ability and effort and taking responsibility for the same, demonstrates ambition and higher degree of competence in an employee.
Prospective employees shouldn’t limit themselves to just their designation and responsibilities that come with it. They should be motivated to take risks, be dynamic and challenge their creativity by undertaking projects outside their comfort zone. A company wants to invest in an individual who has genuine zeal and enthusiasm with regard to his/her career path and is willing to pursue a role in the company.
Problem-solving is one of the key skills sought by employers in job applicants. It is hard to find a professional, technical or managerial position that doesn’t require problem-solving skills of some kind. The ability to devise creative solutions and provide methodologies to forge ahead while facing a business challenge is an extremely important skill that will make an employee stand out from the herd.
HARD WORK & PERSEVERANCE
Employees should be absolutely honest towards their work in order to gain greater benefits. Being tenacious helps them in eventually reaping the fruits of their labour, garnering appreciation for their work and earning respect for their work ethics.
It’s a strong belief in corporate that great work comes from a cohesive team and well-synced teammates. Being an integral part of a team is crucial in furthering both personal and professional growth of an employee. Exchanging inputs with co-workers on any project can improve communication and understanding between each other, which in turn, creates a positive impact on everyone involved.
CREDIBILITY & INTEGRITY
Organisations look for employees with strong principles who are honest about themselves and their work. They seek out employees whom they can put their trust in, ie the ones who can accomplish tasks without compromising the standards set by the organisation.
ABILITY TO MULTI-TASK
The potential employee should be able to multi-task which can increase their work efficiency, improve time management and maximise productivity.
STABILITY & POSITIVE ATTITUDE
A company wants to invest in an individual who has genuine zeal and enthusiasm with regard to his/her career path and is willing to pursue a role in the company. She/he should feel proud of being part of the company and work she/he is getting into. Companies are drawn to candidates who would spend time with the company for a long-term, with potential to be used in diverse roles
No job is tailor-made for a prospective hire or vice-versa. There are many other characteristics that are tested upon like being open to flexibility at workplace, willing to go that extra mile to achieve “beyond expectation” results in an otherwise mundane job, respect, honesty etc but these all are manifestations of a positive attitude which is what is most looked for by the employers during placement. The organisation looks for people who can not only be hired for the existing jobs, but also for some other future positions in the organisation.