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top 10 career skills employers look for during job interviews

There are specific skills and attributes that are universally sought for by employers – at least, something to match the skills necessary to perform a desired task. But often times, the interviewing managers maintain that they rarely focus solely on the listed attributes on the position description. So, it is expected that if you are applying for a position, that you must have at least the minimal basic skill set needed to function in the position. A first-review of the resume usually allows the hiring manager to access this. So the question still remains…what are employers’ expectations of a job candidate?


  1. Management & Leadership Abilities:You may not be a manager straight away, but employers need to see certain potential to motivate teams and other colleagues that you may likely work with. This could be about assigning and delegating tasks, duties, setting deadlines and leading by good example.


  1. Commercial awareness & business acumen:This is about knowing how a business or industry works and what makes a company succeed. Showing that you have an understanding of what the organization wants to achieve through its products and services, and how it competes in its marketplace.
  2. Negotiation and persuasion:This is about being able to put forward your way, but also being able to understand where the other person is coming from so that you can both get what you want or need and feel positive about it.


  1. Problem solving:Since every potential employer, regardless of the profession, is seeking employees who can help them to solve problems, the more you can showcase your abilities in this area, the more certain your chances of catching their attention and earning acceptability. So you need to display an ability to take a logical and analytical approach to solving problems and resolving issues. It is also good to show that you can approach problems from different perspectives.


  1. Communication & Listening Skills:This covers verbal,written communication, and listening skills. It’s about your ability to express yourself, clearly, concisely and in a more focused manner; that is, being able to tailor your messages and speech for the audience and listening to the views of others.
  2. Teamwork & Interpersonal skills:You’ll need to prove that you’re a team player and can function in a network of staff but also you must exercise the ability to manage and delegate duties to others and take responsibility for certain tasks. This is about building positive working relationships that help everyone to achieve goals and business objectives.
  3. Organization & Time Management:This skill is mostly concerned with your ability of showing that you can prioritize task, meet deadlines, work efficiently and productively, and manage your time effectively. You will need to prove to your employer, your ability to draw a scale of preference in your list of tasks, and to accomplish them, accordingly and correspondingly. It’s also good to be able to show employers how you decide what is important to focus on and get done firstly, and how you go about meeting the set deadlines.
  4. DRIVE & ZEAL: Determination to get things done. Make things happen & constantly looking for better ways of doing things.
  5. Research, Analyzing & Investigating Abilities: Every employer needs employees, who can gather information systematically to establish facts & principles. Your ability to assess a situation, seek multiple perspectives, gather more information if necessary, and identify key issues that need to be addressed are critically important.


  1. Computer (ICT) & Technical Literacy. These days, regardless of any profession you may be involved in, just about every job requires at least a basic understanding of computer hardware and software, especially word processing, spreadsheets, and email. So, your ability to showcase your proficiency with technology and its applications are crucial in this present information age.


Finally, as you progress in the application processes and interviews, make sure you have some good “stories” or examples of how you have exhibited some of these skills in the previous positions you have held. Your ability to effectively communicate your skills in any of these areas can directly determine whether you will be offered your dream employment or not.

Below are some employer buzzwords

There are certain words which are sure to catching an employer’s interest if you mention them in your CV and at interviews. Below are just a few:

  • self-motivated
  • dynamic
  • initiative
  • team player
  • proactive

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