What does an Employer look for in an Employee?
What do we look for in a person whom we want to employ as a helper, either home
or in the office? If we ask honestly and sincerely to ourselves this simple question,
we would come up with the some specific qualities that we seek in the helper /made
servant like Honesty, Commitment, Loyalty, Experience, Enthusiasm, Orderliness,
Punctuality, Deference etc.
Similarly, the quality of an employee that an employer look for is a question which
has agitated the thought and imagination of many a good mind and teased some...
During the interview the employer will look to see how reliable employee is. What
makes a good employee different from a potential problem employee? Here are five
things that a good employee should have.
- Gets along with co-workers.
- Follows orders.
- Listens to instructions.
- Is trustworthy.
- Will not leave in a month.
- Getting Along With Co-Workers:
One thing an employer wants to find in a good employee
is the ability to get along with the people they work with. Some signs that may
have an employer wondering would include such things as :
- Discussing problems and issues about former co-workers.
- Listing 'disagreements' with former co-workers as a reason for leaving the previous
- Following Orders : One of the most important quality an employer will want in a
good employee is the ability to follow orders and be a team member. Some signs of
what does not make a good employee during an interview would be :
- Multiple jobs within a short time span.
- Talking about 'me' issues instead of 'us' or issues important to the employer.
- Not being able, or willing, to discuss examples of team involvement at previous
- Giving the appearance of being a 'Lone Wolf'.
- Listening to Instructions :
Another example is one who can listen to instructions and
handle the problem. Employers look for signs of a person who has trouble in this
area by noticing the following :
- If you are late to the interview.
- If your excuse includes getting lost because of directions.
- If you can't provide meaningful answers to questions.
- If you seem focused on other things besides the interview.
- Be Trustworthy : One thing that makes a good employee is being trustworthy. Employers
want to know that employee will not try to take advantage of them or job. Some issues
which may cause concern, and which you need to address and reassure that positive
steps have taken place to fix the problem, are :
- Signs of addictive personality.
- Criminal complaints involving theft, forgery or false statements.
- Signs of chemical dependency.
- Signs of personal issues interfering with employment.
- Will Stay With the Company :
While most employers don't expect people to stay with a company
for a lifetime, they do want someone who will not disappear or quit three months
from being hired. What makes a good employee is the willingness to build a history
with the company. Some issues which will cause concern during an interview would
- Being over qualified for the position.
- Applying for a position out of your field.
- Talking about benefits, salary and vacation days within the first half of the interview
If you see any of these issues in yourself, you need to address them before the
interview. Employers want a good employee who offers solutions and not problems.