Self-Assessment: Are You Hirable?

If you are currently looking for work or thinking about changing jobs, it's a good idea to do a self-assessment to determine if you are hirable.

Get Honest

When assessing your character traits, it's important to be honest. Don't tell yourself you are motivated when you hate going to work every day. Don't pretend you are hard working when you are only willing make the minimum effort. Don't say you are punctual when you are late on a regular basis.

Important Qualities

There are certain essential character traits you must have in order to be hirable. You need to be punctual and dependable, showing up to work on time when you are scheduled to be there. You should be cooperative and have good interpersonal skills with your boss, co-workers, and customers. Being enthusiastic about your job is helpful as is being versatile and helpful.

Depending on your job, being accurate, having good organizational and problem solving skills, along with coming up with creative ideas can be crucial. All employers will appreciate loyalty and discretion as well as maturity and a willingness to accept responsibility and additional work assignments. You can also benefit from being an innovative self starter who is confident, persistent, plans ahead, and communicates well. Employers also usually appreciate individuals who are confident, creative, and passionate about their work.

Get Feedback

To determine how you rank in these various character traits, you might look at your previous work reviews, talk to past co-workers, and ask your former bosses what they see as both your strengths and your weaknesses. Once you have this feedback, you can emphasize your strengths in job interviews and work to improve your weak areas.

Be Aware

Knowing what employers are looking for in a job interview can help you make a good impression and improve your chances of being hired. First and foremost, you need to dress neatly and professionally.

Next, you need to communicate well by answering the questions you are asked articulately. If you can show you have some knowledge about the company or organization by asking well informed questions, then you can impress the interviewer with your research and interest. Be as honest as possible when you are answering questions during the job interview since this is a very important character trait for many employers.

In addition, emphasize your work ethic and ability to learn quickly if, in fact, you do have both of these character traits. Detailing your computer skills could also be helpful since most jobs require some knowledge about technology.

If you don't happen to have some of the qualities or skills that will make you hirable, do what you can to improve in these areas so that you can improve your chances of getting a job.