Employer Expectations


Employers are people too, and their job often depends on who they hire. When selecting a job candidate, they frequently ask themselves the following questions: "Can this job candidate help my company grow and prosper?", or "Can they greatly benefit my organization and if so, how?" Their decision to hire one person over another often hinges on these answers.


So... to convince an employer to hire YOU instead of someone else will require you to meet or exceed their expectations of a qualified candidate. Even though you may not be sure of their particular expectations, in general, most employers are looking for the same basic characteristics in an employee.


Now, place yourself in the employers' shoes and think about what YOU as the employer would want from an employee! REMEMBER - this person will be working for you eight hours a day, represent you/your company to businesses/organizations, and be paid from your future earnings.


So, what kind of an employee would YOU want? Let me guess... You would probably want someone who is presentable, dependable, can work well with others, AND has acquired knowledge and skills you require - to name a few!


Consider these qualities/characteristics that ALL employers will value:


  • Does your appearance convey pride in yourself and your ability to do the job?

  • Are you professionally dressed and do you present a professional image?

  • Is your behavior/attitude courteous, respectful, mature, and confident?


Interpersonal/Communication Skills

  • Can you interact effectively with others?

  • Do you have strong verbal and written communication skills?

  • Are you a team player?



  • Can you be counted on to do the job? Are you accountable? Will you take initiative?

  • Will you be at work regularly and report to work on time?

  • Will you complete duties in a timely and accurate manner with minimal supervision?

  • Will you accept responsibility, recognize what needs to be done, and are willing to do it?



  • Can you realistically assess your own abilities?

  • Can you see yourself as others see you?

  • Can you clearly recognize your own strengths and weaknesses? REMEMBER! We all have them!

*** Take advantage of Career Assessment services we offer in our office (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) to assist with better understanding your skills and personality characteristics AND your areas of challenge.



  • Do you possess the skills to learn and perform the job?

  • Do you have experience or related experience in this field?

  • Are you willing to learn new skills? Are you coachable?

    Without the willingness and ability to be coached, you won't be able to learn the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful with a company. The elements of coachability are intelligence, discipline, creativity and initiative -  DO YOU HAVE THESE? An ideal candidate should be able to think for themselves, but also be able to take and follow instructions! REMEMBER - it's the old adage: "Give someone a fish and they will survive today, but teach someone how to fish and they will survive forever".

NOTE: Refer to our Top 10 Reasons to Hire Me! document to better understand what you have to offer an employer - this document includes additional skills most, if not all employers are seeking in job candidates.