Think like the employer

When filling out a job application, you are thinking like an employee. When going to the interview you must think like the employer. Your main consideration is what the employer wants, and how you will fill it. You can help answer this by considering five questions which an employer might think of.

  • Do you have the skills?
  • What else do you bring to the job?
  • How long are you staying?
  • Positive characteristics you're bringing with you
  • What about you might cause an employer to question your sincerity at an interview?

Do You Have the Skills for the Job?

This should be one of the first questions you need to ask yourself before applying to the job. Each job has different needs and different skills needed for that job. What the employer wants is a person who does not need training, or very little training, so the employee can simply start without any time lapse.

What Other Things, Beyond Skills, Would an Employer Look For in an Employee?

Beyond the required skills needed for a job, what an employer wants from an employee is a positive answer to the following:

  • Will you do the job you are assigned?
  • Will you be dependable and reliable?
  • Will you meet the employer's expectations?

These are three things which the employer must be able to answer positively for you to get the job.

Why Does the Employer Care If I Am Staying for Any Length of Time?

Employers spend time, money and energy training new hires. While in some fields constant turnover is to be expected, having to replace someone after only a few months to an employer is a waste of resources. What an employer wants is someone who is willing to invest some time into the position.

What Positive Characteristics Do You Bring to the Workplace?

Think of what an employer would look for in a potential employee. Depending on the job, some of the characteristics might be slightly different, but most employers will look for examples of the following:

  • Honesty
  • Initiative
  • Self-motivation
  • Cooperative
  • Focused
  • Organized and Efficient
  • Team player
  • Versatile
  • Respectful of others
  • Shows a sense of purpose

When Is an Employer Likely to Think You Are Conning Them at the Interview?

When you go to an interview, you must consider how you look to the employer. You should consider what an employer wants to see at an interview. Here are some general examples:

  • Intelligence - the employer wants to hire someone who can think
  • Integrity - the employer wants to hire someone who is honest and has moral values
  • Self-esteem - an applicant who cares about themselves will care about the job
  • Eagerness - employers want to have someone who wants, and is willing to do the job

If you do not seem to show a willingness to be at the interview or can't answer questions directly then this will raise red flags at any interview. If the employer sees a different person at the interview than what is in the resume, this will also raise red flags. Not being able to give complete and meaningful responses is the biggest sign that there are discrepancies.