5 Traits That Get People Hired

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Your resume rocks, your cover letter charms, and now you’ve got the interview. The question is now: Can you act?

It’s not that you have to fake it – it’s that you have a very limited amount of time to show you’re a good fit.

Forbes recently reported on a Universum poll that identified the five traits employers want most. And Kathy Harris of the executive search firm Harris Allied says the top three “can be evaluated by a recruiter or hiring manager within the first 30 seconds of meeting a candidate.”

Here’s what they are, and what you need to do…

  1. Professionalism (86 percent): Dress well, and walk in ready to shake hands.
  2. High-energy (78 percent): Don’t forget your coffee. Smile, be alert, and be enthusiastic.
  3. Confidence (61 percent): Do your homework and know what the company wants.
  4. Self-monitoring (58 percent): Share anecdotes about how you got important things done without being prodded.
  5. Intellectual curiosity (57 percent): Show interest in learning new things and ask questions.

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