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What is an employer looking for in a new employee?

I want to know what employers are looking for so i have everything prepared for when I go for an interview. (esp. in the Heavy Equipment Operators field) #career #construction #engineering

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Anthony’s Answer

Upbeat and positive attitude is by far the number one thing I look for in a new employee. I hire for retail sales so it is more geared for this, but it makes your entire work place better.
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Roman’s Answer

Employers are looking for certain characteristics that they need, and eager to find applicants who demonstrate those characteristics. Many of the desirable skills and experiences will vary based on the industry, and the specific employer. Some nearly universal characteristics are competence, motivation, and integrity. Many employers will list the characteristics they hold dear, so consider looking at their website to see if those are characteristics that resonate.

AT&T's values are highlighted at https://about.att.com/pages/values.
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Chetana’s Answer

Universally one of the qualities that employers look for in an employee is eagerness to learn and grow. With that you can thrive in any industry.
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Eleanor’s Answer

Beyond the technical requirements for the job, which you'll see listed in the job posting, employers want someone who will show up when they're supposed to and be prepared to work. It sounds simple, but unplanned absence is hugely expensive and disruptive to the business. Employers want to know that you are reliable. I'm not saying you can never take a sick day, far from it; if you're sick, please do not go to work. But hold up your end of the bargain when you get the job offer; it goes a long way!
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Donald’s Answer

As a company owner, when I need employees to work at my company. I need people who are going to help us design, build and sell my products and services. I offer money, benefits, and opportunities for advancement, education and security too. So what are you offering me in exchange for these things?


Now some people are, in reality, offering to simply trade; their time for my money…they may, “need a job”, “want to work” or “need the money” and from my perspective…..I may need to hire some of these people to get the product or service out the door. ……But the people I really want (and need) are different….let me tell you who they are. The people I really want are those who are passionate about their work and are going to be the future of my company. They have done their homework and know what we do, how we do it and where we’re going. They want to be involved in moving the company forward and create the innovations and efficiencies that will increase our profitability, market share, and lower our costs. They are the people who consistently perform, help others and want to learn about everything that makes this company work. They know that every position in this company is important to make it run smoothly and efficiently – from the people who sweep the floors to create at safe environment to keep our injury rate (and insurance costs) low, to the people who design the high quality, reliable products we manufacture and sell. They know it’s a team sport and everyone has to play to make it function. They value and respect each of us who plays a part.


Not all companies share these attributes and it really does make a difference if you are not, cannot or are unwilling to fit into the work environment where you are seeking employment. So do your research. If you're fitting this description of the people I need, they'll be a company out there ready and willing to hire you!


Good Luck!


Don Knapik

Donald recommends the following next steps:

Start building your narrative of who you are and what you bring to the company.
Do the research and know about the company you want to work for.
talk to employees who work at the company and ask what it's like working there....think about your potential to fit in.
Thank you comment icon Wow, that was great advice directly from the source. This is an excellent read! Sergio Ibarra, MBA
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Ethan R. Thanks so much for your question. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

In general, employers are looking for many specifics when they look for new employees. Those specifics are very tightly connected to the the job itself (years of experience, demonstration of positive results, technical background, willing to travel, and many other criteria).

Before the employer gets to ask potential new employees those types of questions, that new potential employee has to be able to effectively represent themselves in a way that gets the attention of an employer. Some ways of doing this is through a resume that looks professional, a LinkedIn profile that looks professional, maybe the new potential employee had an internship at the place where the new employee wants to work permanently.

It is always important to learn as much as you can about the job and about the company (or non company) that is offering the job. That is an excellent way to effectively uncover what the employer is looking for.

Good luck!
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