4 Skills That Will Impress Every Hiring Manager
You’ve probably asked yourself at some point, “What are employers really looking for?” Great question! When you’re interviewing for a job, you know you need to sell the hiring manager on why your background, skills and industry experience are a match for the position. There are a few key skills and traits that will serve you well across many industries and roles. If you build and master multiple skill sets, you’ll be a desirable candidate for many role types, even if your career interests change over time. Prepare yourself for career success by becoming fluent in these four business skills.
1. Quantitative Analysis
Data is the backbone of many organisations, and your ability to organise, analyse, interpret and present data is important regardless of whether you’re creating an app or looking for ways to attract new customers. Specifically, employers value an ability to review organised data and create an action plan based on it. So, if you’re able to dig into the numbers and emerge with real insights, you’ll have a leg up on the competition. In an interview, bring up a project in which you worked with data, and share how it informed your next steps.
2. Creative Thinking
This is a hard skill to teach or learn, but the ability to think creatively can make a huge difference in the way a hiring manager views you. With the business world changing faster than ever, employers are excited by innovators and those who look beyond the status quo. They want people who can think outside the box, share new ideas, and improve upon current systems, from day one.
3. Communication Skills
Employers are looking for strong communication skills from the get go. They want to know that you will effectively represent the company when communicating with colleagues and clients in emails, phone calls, meetings, presentations, and day-to-day work. Most importantly, they want to see that you’re able to clearly share your point of view in a concise and professional way. You can easily demonstrate this during the hiring process when expressing your interest in a position and throughout the interview process.
This answer may seem surprising, but employers are often quick to point out that humility is an in-demand trait. Sure, companies want you to come in confident and excited, but they also value flexibility and a willingness to learn, especially in new hires. While you shouldn’t feel that you have to hold back when it comes to sharing your thoughts and ideas, you should get comfortable being wrong and learning from it. Ask questions, spend time getting to know about the position and company, and don’t come into a job assuming you know more than your superiors.
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This article was written by Jelena Milutinovic on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources were used to compile this article: Business News Daily; LinkedIn; The Muse and The Undercover Recruiter