Top Competencies That Employers Look For In Candidates (Behavioral Job Interview Guide)


I am Marat from EMMOTION, HR professional, career strategist and coach, and today I’d like to make an introduction video to the
main strengths, competencies or skills that the employers look for in candidates. You probably heard about competencies before, but what exactly are the they? A competency is a set of defined behaviors,
skills, knowledges and abilities that are required to perform a task. Depending on each job position the hiring
managers decide the key competencies and skills required for the role and those are being
evaluated during interviews. Hence the origin of the competency based behavioral
interviews. Which is an interviewing technique when a
candidate is asked to describe past behavior in concrete cases, with concrete examples
to determine whether they are suitable for a position. Competencies can be split into different categories
and levels, if you are interested I am going to make a detailed video about it. For now I’d like to go through the main
competencies and strengths that most of the employers are looking for: Communication
Written and oral communication skills are critical for almost any job. Whether you are giving a presentation, talking
on the phone to a client, or emailing a colleague, you need to be able to communicate effectively
and appropriately. Your communication skills will be evaluated
from the moment you submit your CV, to your phone and face to face interviews, when he
hiring manager will focus on how well you handle the interview and communicate with
the people you meet during the hiring process. 2. Flexibility and Adaptability
Any job requires some form of flexibility, from juggling multiple tasks to working flexible
hours. Employees need to be adaptable, taking change
in stride. Flexibility means being open to changes in
your role at work or being able to adjust your work routine and schedule, whenever it’s
necessary. Employers prefer to hire employees who are
willing to do what they can to get the job done, and who are agreeable to changes in
the typical workplace routine. 3. Analytical and Problem Solving skills
Companies are looking for people who are motivated to take on challenges with minimal direction. Analytical skills refer to your ability to
collect and analyze information, solve the problems, and make decisions. Nearly every job requires critical thinking
on some level. Analytical strength can help solve a company’s
problems and increase their productivity. Showing that you can gather information, resolve
problems, and make decisions will enhance your chances during the recruitment process. 4. Teamwork
Most jobs require teamwork of some sort. Employers want candidates who are willing
to work with others, and can do so effectively. Regardless of the job, employers want to hire
people who are team players who are cooperative and work well with others. They don’t want employees who are difficult
to work with. When you are interviewing make sure to share
examples of how you worked well on a team. Hiring managers will be interested both in
how you have worked as part of a team and how you manage teams (if you are interviewing
for a leadership role). 5. Customer Focus: “The customer is always right”” is a
phrase still used a lot by many however the customer focus goes beyond that. Customer orientation means keeping an internal
and external customers in mind at all times. Assisting your business partners and customers
to achieve their work goals and provide consistent customer satisfaction. The ability and willingness to find out what
the customer wants and needs and to act accordingly, taking the organization’s costs and benefits
into account. 6. Reliability/Commitment Employers want to know they have employees
they can depend on, and who are responsible and professional. You need to be able to show up on time and
get your work done by designated deadlines. When asked about reliability, good examples
to share are ones that describe how you were able to meet project deadlines or how you
can be counted on to get your work done efficiently. Any example that might show your consistency
and trustworthy at work. 7. Time Management Every employee is expected to get a certain
amount of work completed, in a certain amount of time, or they won’t be doing their job
effectively. What’s when organizing and prioritizing
comes in handy. Achieving better results, both at work and
in personal life by organizing time effectively also increases productivity both on and off
the job. Identifying and eliminating time wasters reinforces
planning, priorities and achieving goals. 8. Stress Resistance
Stress tolerant employees demonstrate stability and maintain their performance under pressure. Tolerating time pressures, control of their
own response when criticized or provoked. A candidate with this competency would remain
focused in emergency situations, composed and optimistic and would bounce back from
failures or disappointments. 9. Leadership Companies that hire for leadership roles,
seek employees who promote organization’s mission and goals, showing ways to achieve
them. A leader creates a positive work environment
where all of staff are motivated to do their best. Even if you’re not applying for management
roles, leadership is very valuable. Demonstrating how you applied each competency
through examples on your past experiences will partially define the impression you make
on hiring managers, and the success of your job interviews of course. Thank you for watching, for more tips on professional
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