Great question, Joshua. I can answer this in two parts - the positive and the not-so-positive.
On the positive side, a lot of employers look for your time/ knowledge/ research you spent on learning about the company and the job itself. It's important to be as prepared as possible and that comes from research. We look for positive attitudes, solid communication skills, appearance - all of those transferable skills you can bring with you anywhere. We look for personality and fit to make sure you will be successful.
A lot of employers also look for gaps in your resume - do you have any and are they explainable. Do you jump around a lot - how many times have you changed jobs or industries, as some employers might see that as being unstable and non-committed. Did you ask the interviewer any questions (I recommend you ask a number of questions as this signals your interest in the company and the job).
I always recommend you be yourself; interviewers are human too.
Shana recommends the following next steps:
- Research, prepare questions and be you!