14 Greatest And Most Important Qualities Employers Look For In New Hires

The following are the 14 greatest and most important qualities employers look for in new hires.

  • Employees who know their strengths
  • Employees who can think properly
  • Ability to prevent/solve problems
  • Employees who have ambition
  • Employees who are proactive
  • Willingness to learn
  • Employees who will grow with the company
  • Goal oriented employees
  • Employees who are team players
  • Employees who are honest
  • Great passion for the work they do
  • Self – motivated employees
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Computer Literacy

To set up  a business is one thing. To get the right employees to work for you is quite a different thing. It is a well-known fact that in business, things do not just happen. It is people that make things happen.

Therefore, in sourcing for effective and efficient employees, employers look out for certain qualities.

In this article, effort is being made to bring to the fore, the qualities employers look for in new hires.

Employees who know their strengths

Employees who know their strengths is one of the most important qualities employers look for in new employees.

In order words, employers need employees who:

  • know what they can do best
  • are dependable
  • can set goals and achieve them
  • They can be proud of.

Most importantly, employers do not want employees who would  claim to know everything but know nothing.

Employees Who can think properly

Another important quality employers look for in new employees is the ability to think properly.

For example, employers look out for the following qualities:

  • Employees that think clearly about the future of the business.
  • Employees who will not wait for management to think for them
  • Employees that will always think about optimal ways of getting jobs done
  • Ability to key into the vision and mission of their employer

Most importantly , one of the qualities employers look for in new employees is the ability to carry out routine tasks without coming to take instructions from their bosses.

Ability to prevent/solve problems

Ability to prevent or solve frequently occurring business problems is an important quality employers look for in new hires.

Furthermore, they also need employees who should be able to see problems coming.

Therefore, employers are looking for employees who know that it is cheaper to prevent problems than to solve problems.

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Employees who Have Ambition

Some of the qualities employers look for in new employees include employees who:

  • have ambition.
  • are always eager to deliver
  • Employees who know the value of time.
  • make their own marks in the workplace
  • believe that everything is doable
  • will facilitate the growth of their businesses
  • will develop their own career while working for their employers
  • will stay with them on long term basis

A typical example of an ideal  employee is the former Nigerian Head of State, Chief Earnest Shonekan who rose from the post of messenger to the post of Chairman, United Africa Company (UAC). 

Employees who are Proactive

Yet another important quality employers look for in new employees is an ability to look far enough into the future of the business.

Moreover, they are looking for employees should be able to identify likely future problems and work out tentative solutions in advance.

Most importantly, other qualities employers look for in new employees  who will  not take chances.

In other words, they are not interested in employees who will allow things to go wrong before reaching out to management for solutions.

Willingness to Learn 

Willingness to learn is another important quality employers look for in new employees.

Employers know that the business environment changes fairly rapidly. And so they too want to be able to change along with time.

Employers also know that increasing advancement in technology, learning should be a continuous process.

Consequently, they are looking employees will be ready and willing to learn new ways of getting jobs done at optimal costs.

Employees who will grow with the company

Employers are looking for employees who want to build their career while working for their employers.

In addition, employers are looking for employees who know that continued stay on their jobs depends on the success of the businesses they work for.

For example, a fresh university graduate might have all the training and all the theories in any particular field.

Often times, they do not have the have the practical knowledge required to produce the type of results employers needs. This is where learning, training and practical experience come in.

Furthermore, employers are all to willing and ready to retain employees who identify with the vision of the businesses.

Therefore, employers are looking for employees have the relevant qualities that meet the needs of their businesses. And those who are ready to build their career while working.

Goal oriented employees

Still another quality employers look for in new employees is the ability to set high and attainable goals.

They need employees who can set reasonable goals for themselves for the overall benefit of the employers.

After all, organizing and running a business is all about setting achievable goals.

They are not looking for employees who set high goals but who cannot deliver. They need goal geters to move their businesses forward.

Therefore, employers are looking for goal setters, goal achievers.

Employees who are Team Players

Another  quality employers look for in new hires is the ability to mix freely with other employees.

I have heard it said more than twice before that unity is strength. Based on this statement, employers look for team players.

In other words, they look for employees who can tactically use other employees to achieve great results for their employers.

Furthermore, employers need employees who believe that with everybody working and looking in the same direction, great results can be achieved.

Most importantly, employers need employees who are good mixers;  that is, ability to flow well with both the high and the low in their companies.

Employees who are Honest

Another important quality employers look for in new hires is honesty.

They need honest people to whom they can entrust the resources of their businesses:

  • men,
  • money,
  • machines
  • and materials.

Great Passion for what they do

An important quality employers look for in new hires who should have great passion for their jobs.

In other words, they need employees who should be interested enough in their work to get out of bed, if possible, as early as 4.00 am.

Moreover, employers are not interested in employees who will begin to work when they see their employer coming to their duty posts.

In many African countries, some workers believe in collecting monthly salaries for doing little or nothing in their  workplaces.

It is important to mention here that it is only governments that tolerate lazy workers.

Employers cannot afford the luxury of retaining lazy or unproductive employees.

As far as employers are concerned, only the best is good for them.

Self-motivated Employees

One of the qualities employers look for in new hires is employees who are self-starters.

That is, they do not need employees who need to be flogged like a horse before they do their jobs.

In other words, employers look for employees who:

  • have interest in the work they do.
  • are determined to be the best they can be
  • Employees who show commitment in their jobs

Furthermore, employers need employees who have drive and good work ethics.

Employers know that in this business, it is people that make things happen.

 Ability To Work Under Pressure

Still another important quality employers look for in new hires is the ability of employees to know that company jobs are not like government jobs.

Consequently, employers need employees who can:

  • work under pressure
  • work with little or no supervision
  • manage time, men, money and materials
  • work hard enough to earn their salaries
  • And still leave some profits for the business to build on.

Qualities employers look for: Computer Literacy

An important quality employers look for in new hires who must be computer literate.

For example, accountants and store keepers should be able to use excel spreadsheet for their jobs.

Employers know that the use of computers is:

  • cost-effective and efficient.
  • reduces the risks of errors, delays, frustration
  • and other problems associated with manual processes.

In conclusion, therefore, for you to remain relevant and marketable in the labor market, you should continually update your skills, training and experience.

 

Samuel Ijenhi

info@samuelijenhi.com.ng

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