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6 Personality Traits Employers Look For When Hiring

6 Personality Traits Employers Look For When Hiring

Experience, relevant schooling, and corresponding skills are extremely important when applying for a specific job. However, multiple studies have shown these days employers are searching for more than just a long a resume. It’s not only about what an employee can do, but also about how he does it, and how he carries himself while doing it.

Stockholm based Universum,  conducted a worldwide survey to find out which traits employers are seeking. Additionally, a study conducted at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) International Business School further linked some of these personality traits to favorable job performance. The following points are six personality traits employers “in the know” look for when hiring:

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1. Confidence

Universum confirms this is the trait employers think most applicants are missing. What’s the point of having an extensive resume, if you can’t back it up with a firm handshake? First impressions are extremely important, and interviewers will quickly lose interest in you if you cannot look them in the eye. If you don’t believe in yourself, nobody else will.

2. Professionalism

Eighty six percent of companies rated professionalism as something they are seeking. This is not only limited to the way someone carries herself at work, but can make a strong first impression. Two ways to stand out are to dress appropriately for the interview, and to treat others with complete respect.

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3. Openness to new experiences

According to the study conducted by UTM researchers, this personality trait promotes creativity, technical innovations, a need for diversity and is easily trained. Someone who is open to new experiences is also the type of employee who won’t limit himself to the stipulated duties alone. Since this is an individual who is always seeking growth, he will be more than happy to take on additional responsibilities around the workplace. This employee is willing to take risks, try new things, and is the ideal hire for companies seeking hires who will be excited about his career.

4. Intellectual curiosity

This trait is demonstrated in two ways: superior problem-solving and a thirst for learning. An intellectually curious employee wants to know the hows and whys of the workplace. This employee keeps up with new technologies and finds innovative ways to solve problems. She can bring a fresh perspective into the workplace – 57% of companies surveyed by Universum say they are looking for someone with intellectual curiosity.

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5. Agreeableness

A person who is agreeable is open-minded, self-sacrificing, generous and trustworthy. An employee with this trait is willing to help others and put the team’s needs before his own in the workplace. This is the type of employee who would be ideal for training new hires in the future or to mellow a workplace dispute. He radiates positivity and according to UTM’s study, he helps boost productivity in the workplace by helping to establish a support system.

6. Self-monitoring

The reason employers look for this type of employee is simple: avoiding micromanaging. This type of employee is aware of his or her duties and performs them without having to be told to do so. This person is efficient, rises up to challenges and is capable of working independently. This is the type of individual who has a lot of challenge-result stories to share during an interview, or simply shows interviewers he is capable of keeping his head up in moments of adversity.

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Being aware of the top personality traits companies search for, puts job-seekers in a better position to compete for scarce openings. Find which one of these traits apply to you. Look at your resume and try to think of what you can highlight them.

Each employer is different, however at the end of the day if you are able to show that you are professional, self-motivated and agreeable you will find yourself with more job offers than you can handle. If you are a Millennial Leader, personality makes a difference and showing the right cues is crucial to take the next big step in your career. Find which of these 6 personality traits represents you the most and hold that as your cornerstone during the interview process.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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