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My company was hiring and yesterday I was in charged of conducting the interviews. There were nine shortlisted candidates who came for the only one vacancy as an assistant administrative manager.

Surprisingly, all eight of the nine candidates requested for salaries higher than the prevalent market value. And none impressed me with what benefit they can bring to the company. In other words, they are seeking reward first.

After analysing each of these nine candidates, I decided to hire a pretty twenty-something lady. Not that she’s better qualified or more experienced (as there were a few who’s more experienced and better qualified as per their impressive resumes and paper qualifications.). Or pretty, for that matter.

Then why did I hire her? Of course there are a number of factors I have chosen her over the others.

She has successfully demonstrated to me that she has the right and positive attitude, is enthusiastic about the job, reliable and dedicated, humble and effective, possess team-building skills and is a good listener and communicator.

But one statement from her makes her stands out from the rest :

“I’ll give you the firewood first, then only give me the fire.”

By this profound statement, she has successfully convinced me that she is the one I’m looking for. My congratulations to this successful candidate and I wish her, “Welcome Aboard.”

For those who are seeking for jobs, perhaps the following would be of interest :

Qualities Employers Look For
(extract from Career & Community Learning Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota)

  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills

According to employers, the ability to communicate effectively with others and get along with a variety of different types of personalities are two of the most desirable qualities in job candidates. Employers want to know if you have the ability to organize your thoughts and ideas effectively. Can you express
them clearly when speaking or writing? Can you present your ideas to others persuasively? Can you bring out the best efforts of individuals so they become effective, enthusiastic members of a team? Are you able to successfully contend with stressful situations and handle conflict?

  • Intelligence

Employers often use GPA as a way of screening out less desirable job candidates. To some, good grades indicate that the applicant is motivated and goal-oriented. Do you have the ability to understand the job assignment? Are you able to learn quickly? Can you contribute original ideas to the work being

  • Enthusiasm

It’s not enough just to have the right qualifications; an employer needs to know that you are willing to give 100 percent to your job. Interviewers are impressed by candidates who are alert, responsive and energetic. Do you demonstrate a forcefulness and capacity to make things move ahead? Can you
maintain your work effort at an above average rate?

  • Flexibility

Employers need to know that the people they hire can expand and change as their companies do. Applicants who are receptive to new ideas and concepts are highly valued by employers. Are you capable of changing and being receptive to new situations and ideas? Can you confront and deal with
problems that may not have standard solutions?

  • Leadership

Even in entry-level positions, most employers look for evidence of leadership qualities. Successful companies need self-starters who are not afraid to take responsibility for doing the best job possible. Can you guide and direct others to attain the recognized objectives? Are you someone who recognizes
what needs to be done and is willing to do it?

  • High Energy Level

A job candidate’s willingness to work hard matters a great deal. Employers want to know that you are committed to devoting the prime hours of your day to the job. Do you have the capacity to compete with others and the willingness to be measured by your performance in relation to others?

  • Maturity

This is an illusive quality that employers always mention in connection with first job hires. Maturity essentially means knowing how to handle yourself in a business situation. Misplaced humorous remarks, giggling at inappropriate moments or being indiscreet about company information are tell-tale signs of immaturity. Do you demonstrate a sense of maturity that enables you to deal positively and effectively
with situations and people? Can you realistically assess your own capabilities? Do you see yourself as others see you and clearly recognize your strengths and weaknesses?

  • Skill

Do you posses the positive combination of education and skills required for the position you are seeking?
Do you have the ability to identify and work toward specific goals? Do such goals challenge your abilities?

Happy job-hunting.