The following are 14 Top Qualities Employers Look For In New Employees
- Employees who know their strengths
- Can who can think properly
- Ability to prevent/solve problems
- Employees who have ambition
- Must be proactive
- Willingness to learn
- Employees who will grow with the company
- Goal oriented employees
- Team players
- Employees who are honest
- Great passion for the work they do
- Self – motivated employees
- Ability to work under pressure
- Computer Literacy
- Positive attitude
- Multitasking skills
- Good judgement
- Communication skills
It is one thing to set up a business. But getting the right caliber of employees to drive the business can be daunting.
It is a well-known fact that in business, things do not just happen. It is employees that make things happen.
The search for quality employees by human resources managers is a long and difficult one. Yet companies must operate and people must be hired.
This articles is, therefore, focusing on the basic qualities HR managers look for in new hires.
Employees who know their strengths
HR managers look for employees who know their strengths.
This is because every employee has areas where he can distinguish himself from the others.
In order words, HR manager look for 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.
Qualities employers look for: Employees Who can think properly
Yet HR managers take their time to look for employees who can think properly and objectively.
For example, employers look out for employees who can:
- think clearly about the future of the business.
- not wait for management to think for them
- look for better and cheaper ways of getting jobs done
- key into the vision and mission of their employers
Furthermore, HR managers need employees who should be able to look in the same direction with their employers.
Most importantly, they do not need employees who would be coming, from time to time, to take instructions from their bosses before that can carry out routine tasks.
Ability to prevent problems
Ability to prevent problems from occurring is an important quality HR managers look for in new hires.
They need employees that can see problems coming and take appropriate steps to stop them.
Therefore, employers are looking for employees who know that it is cheaper to prevent problems than to solve problems.
Problem solving skills
HR managers know that, most times, there frequently occurring business problems.
So they are looking for employees who should be able to create a solutions bank for frequently occurring
problems in their places of work.
Moreover, the expect to see employees who can quickly fall back on solutions bank to get some business problems solved.
Most importantly, they look for employees who can help you to build their businesses.
Qualities employers look for: Employees who Have Ambition
Some of the qualities employers look for in new employees include, among others, employees who:
- have ambition.
- are always eager to achieve great results
- know the value of time.
- believe that everything and anything is doable
- can facilitate the growth of their businesses
- will develop their own career while working for their employers
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 quality HR managers look for employees who will not take anything and everything for granted.
In other words, they are not interested in employees who will allow things to go wrong before reaching out to management for solutions.
Qualities employers look for: 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.
Consequently, they expect employees who can change quickly respond to changes in the workplace and by extension their industry.
In particular, they need employees who should be able to fit into the growing advancement in technology so that they can remain relevant.
Consequently, they are looking employees who will be ready and willing to learn new, better and cheaper ways of getting jobs done.
Employees who can grow with the company
HR managers are looking for employees who will develop their career whilie working for their employers. They need workers who can develop themselves to the extent that the company can in future deploy them to head branches or divisions.
In addition, The are looking for employees who should know that their continued stay on their jobs should depend on the success of the business.
For example, a fresh university graduate might have all the training and theories in any particular field.
Unfortunately, when given an assignment to carry out, there are found wanting – unable to perform. They disappoint their employers.
The reason is that you may not come across some of the things you might learnt in higher institution.
For example, with due apology to those who can, many lecturers who teach Business Administration, marketing or accounting in higher institutions may not be able to perform in the field. True or false?
Therefore, you must be willing and ready to learn from those who have been there before you.
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.
HR managers are not looking for employees who can set goals but cannot deliver.
They need great thinkers, goal setters and achievers.
Qualities employers look for: Team Players
Another quality employers look for in new hires is the ability to mix freely with other employees.
HR Managers look for employees who can relate confidently with other employees, both the high and the low when it comes achieving company objectives.
In other words, they look for employees who can tactically use other employees to achieve great results for their employers.
Most importantly, they need employees who believe that:
- unity is strength
- together they can achieve more
- incredible results are possible.
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:
- and materials.
Qualities employers look for: Great passion for their work
HR managers are looking for employees with great passion for what they do.
In other words, they need employees who can be so interested in their jobs that they can jump out from bed 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. This is also called “diplomatic soldiering”.
In many African countries, some workers believe in collecting monthly salaries for doing little or nothing in their workplaces.
Employers cannot afford the luxury of retaining lazy or unproductive employees.
As far as employers are concerned, only the best is good for them.
Qualities employers look for: result oriented
One of the qualities HR managers 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.
Rather, managers look for employees who:
- have interest in the work they do.
- are determined to be the best they can be
- 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
- get things done 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
Computer literacy is one of the qualities employers look for in new hires.
For example, accountants, store keepers and other professionals should be able to use the computer to perform many tasks.
Employers know that using the computer:
- is more cost-effective
- reduces the risks of errors, delays, frustration
- and other problems associated with manual processes
- Therefore, for you to remain relevant and marketable in the labor market, you should continually update your skills, training and experience.
Employers of labor look for employees who has positive attitude when faced with apparent difficult task.
HR managers are not looking for people who always believe that a certain task cannot be done. They need people who believe that everything is doable.
Multi tasking skills
HR managers also look for employees who can multi task. Ability to multi task is very important especially where multi task is necessary to solve a difficult problem.
In other words, depending on the nature of the problem, an ideal employees should be able to depart from his primary duty to help a colleague to salvage an ugly situation.
Employers need workers that can work under occasional pressure. For example, an ideal employee should be someone who can afford to put extra time to ensure that a difficult problem is solved or that an important customer is attended to, even after the normal closing hour.
Ability to arrive at a acceptable judgement at critical times is one of the qualities HR managers look for in new hires.
They are not looking for employees who will make faulty judgement that can affect the running of the business or even put the business at risk of losses or legal issues.
An ideal employee should have analytical mind to evaluate any critical situation and come up with decisions that can move the business forward, rather than decisions that can negatively affect the business.
Some employees are fond of procrastinating; i.e. postponing till tomorrow something that can be done today.
For example, some action can be important but not urgent.
On the other hand, an action can be urgent but not important.
Therefore HR manager are looking for employees who can determine quickly and rightly where to draw to draw a dividing line.
In other words, an employee should be able to decide on which task should done first and which can done later.
Therefore, HR managers know that procrastination is the killer of time. And they don’t need that.
Qualities employers look for: integrity
Integrity is an important characteristics job seekers need from new hires.
HR Managers look for people who can stand for what is right for the business. And do what they say they will do.
They do not need employees who will say ‘no’ when they mean to say ‘yes’. They do not need those who tell lies.
Therefore, they need employees who will stick to what is in the best for the business, no matter what.
HR managers look for employees who have powerful and effective communication skills.
For example, you need effective communication to be able to interface with your boss, co-workers, customers and suppliers.
Moreover, you need effective communication to enable you to carry your juniors along at the workplace.
Furthermore, poor communication can make your employer to loose business opportunities. For instance, a poorly written business letter is not likely to be replied.
Therefore, HR Managers require employees who can they send to represent their company at an important occasion such as contract bidding or discussing with senior executives or companies or government agencies.
By Samuel Ijenhi,
B. Sc. Accounting [University of Benin]
Benin City, Nigeria.