What employers look for from new hires

By Winnie Nankya
Human Resource Associate
RCS Consult

New Hires are new and rehired employees to an organisation. They can be permanent, temporary, or seasonal employees. New hires, are normal employees like any other employees of the company, who are a great resource for the business’s success. They are therefore expected to have particular qualities and characteristics including;

Honesty/Integrity; can they trust you?  Are you straightforward, honest and truthful at all times?  Can you make decisions that are fair and right?  If you make a promise, can you be counted on to honor your word?  Will you hold yourself accountable for your actions?

Employers look for honesty and integrity among new hires.  I.e. when receiving a compliment, it is commendable for employees to share the credit with fellow employees that helped them succeed. Appreciating other employees strengthens both the group and individual morale, which builds and reinforces a trusting environment. Employers look for self-assured, confident employees who take credit for their work, while also recognizing the efforts from the whole team involved.

Communication Skills (Verbal and Written); Can you speak clearly and articulately in front of small and large groups?  Can you convey your message in writing in a concise and persuasive style?  Can you use electronic, telephone and in-person communication skills to the benefit of the organization?

Strong Work Ethic; this is a set of values based on the moral virtues of hard work and persistence.  It is also a belief in the moral benefit that hard work builds character.  Do you value that one ought to work hard at one’s job or duties?  Can you be counted on to work hard at your job or duties?  Can you demonstrate with results that you have had a strong work ethic in the past?  Can you go the extra mile and above and beyond the call of duty when necessary?  Most employers will hire for attitude and train for knowledge.

Motivation/Initiative; Can you set and obtain goals?  Can you meet each day with energy and enthusiasm to accomplish the tasks at hand?  Are you excited about the work to be done?  Can you think ahead to what needs get done without being asked?  Can you motivate others?Businesses want to hire motivated and driven people who will go above and beyond what is asked of them. Ambitious employees work hard to do the best they can in their position and often think of ways to improve their work and be more efficient, making it a great quality for a new hire to have. An employee, who possesses these traits, is sure to have a greater chance of being considered for more challenging positions once the opportunity arises.

 Interpersonal Skills; Can you relate and interact well to your co-workers, supervisor and clients?  Can you respect, understand and connect to other people’s perspectives and opinions?  Strong positive interpersonal skills can reduce conflict as well as increase participation, productivity or assistance in obtaining information or completing tasks.  Can you really listen to what others are saying?

Teamwork Skills; Can you get along easily with diverse types of people to complete a common project successfully?  Can you share responsibility and credit for a project? Can you identify strengths and abilities in a group setting and then applying them to one final solution? In many situations, employees will have to function with fellow co-workers on a project. Even if a job requires most tasks to be completed alone, there will be times when employees will have to work together.

Flexibility; Flexibility is key because the needs of the employer constantly change based on fluctuations in the marketplace.  Can you change when it is best for the company?  As crises arise, can you adapt in order to solve problems?  Is your thinking flexible?

A new hire who is extremely demanding and fastidious about the tasks will always lose out on potential opportunities. Employers prefer someone who is willing to do every duty which is assigned to them. Someone who cringes or throws a fit at every other task given to him seldom makes it to the top. Candidates who have the ability to be flexible score highly and are more preferred.

Open-Mindedness; the first attribute any employer looks for is open-mindedness. During an employee’s time in the organization, new responsibilities and challenges might be assigned. The employer will expect an employee to have a positive attitude towards any assignment given. Even if the task assigned is entirely different from what you already know, your employer will want you to openly accept challenging tasks and grow.

Professional Etiquette; Can you handle yourself in any business situation?  Do you have proper dining etiquette skills?  Do you know what is appropriate and required for any given circumstance?  Do you have the ability to promote the company when you are at networking events?

Long-Term potential; Turnover can be expensive given the investment in training new employees, and businesses do not want to hire someone who does not have potential as a long-term hire. Employers normally look for traits of commitment and longevity in a new hire. For instance, a candidate with a graduate degree or multiple certifications would indicate a passion for pursuing learning, professional growth and long-term advancement opportunities.

Ability to produce results; When interviewing candidates, employers normally prompt them to speak in detail about their past. Supporting a growth strategy in your organization is much smoother when new hires come in with proven track records of producing solid results. Allow new hires to boast about previous successes, and ask for details into how they reached various career goals. Enthusiastic candidates eager to push the envelope and possess personal drive toward future achievements are much preferred.

Ambition; Businesses want to hire motivated and driven people who will go above and beyond what is asked of them. Ambitious employees work hard to do the best they can in their position and often think of ways to improve their work and be more efficient, making it a great quality tohave.These are very important traits for any new hire.

Putting Skills to Action; an employer wants a new hire who is self-motivated, excited to be an active participant in company efforts, and willing to put in the extra effort to achieve success in the business. Candidates who keep their composure while simultaneously showcasing their problem solving skills are often better prepared to work well under pressure and responsibility that might come along with the job.

Fitting in the work environment; New hires should be able to fit in the work environment” in two distinct ways. First, the fit for the position itself based on their knowledge, skill capacity and overall abilities to successfully perform the required functions. Second, the fit for the organization as a whole by envisioning how they would personally “fit” into the company culture. Employees who feel successful at their position and have a sense of belonging at the company will often stay longer.

The focal point of all relationships is fulfilling each other’s expectations. This applies to the employer-employee relationship as well. When a new hire is recruited into an organization, he is expected to possess a certain set of qualities, attributes, and skills like the ones mentioned above. The core technical skills required might vary depending on the job position; but, the desired mind-set would be similar for all employers. New employees ought to put their best foot forward at every step of the way to have a lasting relationship with the employer and a good career.

By Winnie Nalweyiso

Human Resource Associate

RCS Consult