The Top 7 Traits In 2019 That Will Actually Get You Hired In The Tech Industry

When preparing for an interview, writing a cover letter, or refurbishing your resume, it is not easy to stand out. Nowadays, you have to try extra hard and do your research on the type of language you should use to make a great impression in the world of tech. Over the course of the 2018 year, The Tech Connection team has spoken to many employers and HR professionals and have gathered the best “buzzwords” used by real employers when assessing candidates. So if your getting prepared for an upcoming interview, make sure you have at least some of these traits in order to have the best chance of getting the job.

1. Cultural fit

Companies want to hire candidates who will thrive in their work environment. Before even applying to the job, go to the company’s website and read the About Us, Mission, and Meet The Team sections to see if you identify with their mission and company values. Always make sure the company matches your interests. If you are not interested in the company’s mission, most hiring managers can tell. However, when you do find a company that matches your interests, make sure to study their website and their mission extensively. This will help you increase your chances in showcasing why you are a great cultural fit for the company. Additionally, it is a good idea take a look through your resume and find ways to connect the company’s mission or goal to your own past experiences and talk about it during the interview. To see a more in-depth definition of a cultural fit, check out this article.

2. Enthusiastic

Employers are always looking for enthusiastic candidates. You must show passion and excitement about the company during an interview. Make sure you apply to companies that get you excited, whether it be their mission or their work environment (hopefully both). It is also important to note that fake enthusiasm can be seen through and will not help you during your interview. Using quick meditation tactics and being well prepared will help you feel more confident and ready for your interview, letting your natural enthusiasm shine through.

3. Open-minded

Another term employers are looking in their ideal candidate is being open-minded. This could pertain to any situation, whether it be your work environment, a co-workers ideas, or thinking outside the box when working on a project. If you show a potential employer that you are open-minded, you are illustrating your strengths in terms of adaptability, flexibility, and teamwork. An excellent way to showcase this to a potential employer is by highlighting an experience where you adapted to a unique situation to solve a problem. Also, if the employer asks you “Are you willing to be open to new ideas in order to make the company thrive?”, your answer should always be yes. Check out this article for more tips on how to be more open-minded in the workplace.

4. Flexible

Flexibility for employers usually means someone who can respond well to quick changes or is able to tackle a task that is not very typical of their role or routine. If you are at an interview, try to give an example of a success story that showcases your flexibility. An excellent example of this would be working overtime to help a co-worker with a task, or taking time to learn software that was previously unfamiliar to you in order to help your previous company thrive. Employers are more likely to hire you if you are flexible in your work approach because it shows that you are reliable and a quick thinker. If you want more tips on this, here are some more examples of how to be more flexible in the workplace.

5. Willing to go the Extra Mile

In today’s workforce, candidates must be willing to put in the extra work to stand out. When preparing for an interview, be sure that you are ready for this question: “What is an example of how you went above and beyond in your last position?”. It would be best if you have an example that proves that you are willing to put in extra work that can be beneficial to your potential employer.

6. Self-starter

In an employer’s eyes, an employee who is a self-starter is ambitious and self-sufficient. They are looking for candidates who do not need much help in starting a new project, or just being productive at work without too much support. Employers value someone who can take the initiative into their own hands, especially if they have many days when they are busy at meetings and not always available to help their employees with essential tasks. If you want some more information on this, here are some more tips on how to become a self- starter.

7. “Can hit the ground running.”

When employers say, they want an employee that can “hit the ground running”, this means they want an employee that can be quick and efficient at work, without too much hassle. However, that does not mean you can never ask for help. If you do get the job, it is normal to be a bit confused about how things work, especially during the first week. To “hit the ground running” does not necessarily mean knowing how to do your job perfectly on the very first day, but knowing the resources you can use when your unsure of a specific task or protocol for an assignment. Before your first day, make sure you look over your job description and the website of your organization in order to feel more confident with the type of work that you will be doing. When your at the office and feel unsure of the protocol for a specific task, ask your manager or co-worker (whoever seems more available at the time). Also, it could be a good idea to create a list for yourself on what tasks are easy and what tasks you are having issues with, so you can work on the stuff that you are not so great at on your free time. Employers want an employee they do not have to constantly train and knows the resources they need to use in order to “hit the ground running” on their first day. If you are interested in more detailed info on this, here are some more tips on how “hit the ground running.”

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