5 Traits Employers Really Seek In New Employees

The 5 Traits Employers Really Seek In New Employees..

When it comes to hiring employees, employers are searching for individuals that exhibit the skills and experience required to get the job done, but they also are searching for individuals that have something else.

The drive, pride, commitment and integrity to an organization that is inherent in people that have historically shown to be the highest performers within a candidate pool.

When employers see these traits within a candidate; these individuals are usually moved to the top of the stack when it comes to making a hiring decision.

So as an individual who may be searching for your next career opportunity; you may want to keep the following in mind when you are interviewing for your next job.

Drive / Hard Work Ethic

Do you learn things quickly? Have the intelligence to grasp concepts and ideas in a relevant way and focus them on the business at hand?

Understanding that experience may not be the only factor in an employer’s hiring decision, but rather they are looking for motivated employees that can do the job, are intelligent and can learn quickly.

The experience factor is important, but the understanding of the business model, your abilities to look ahead and anticipate things is of even greater importance. The drive to excel, learn and succeed is what an employer strives to find in a candidate.

Pride In The Job

Do you take pride in everything you do? Contribute to the team? Take ownership of your work? Come up with new ideas? Not make excuses?

Your job performance needs to be important to you; working hard, accomplishing tasks, striving for success and taking pride in the fact that you accomplished things is of great importance to an employer.

Demonstrating to an employer your drive, but also the pride you hold in the organization, your work and the accomplishments you have made shows a higher level of commitment as an employee that wants to do a good job and succeed.

Commitment To Organization

Are you committed to the job? Do you want to being working in this profession or are you just there for the money?

The most successful employees are the ones that truly believe they are making an impact in their chosen profession and enjoy the work that they do. Simply showing up every day and doing what is required in today job market is not going to cut it for long and you will find yourself looking for a new job rather quickly.

Candidates need to demonstrate their enjoyment for their profession and the work they are doing. Focusing on your accomplishments, ideas, and knowledge of the industry will greatly enhance an employer’s view of your commitment to the job.


If you found a $100.00 bill on the ground; would you pick it up and put it in your pocket or try to find the person who dropped it?

Integrity is a hard thing to demonstrate in an interview setting; but integrity in daily life is easy. Holding yourself to a higher standard in your personal life, as well as, in your professional career and exhibiting that in everything you do demonstrates all the traits an employer seeks. The pride, work ethic, commitment all shine through with your integrity.

This is something you do not have to demonstrate in an interview, but it will naturally come through based on your past actions and job performance.

By keeping the above traits in mind when conducting a job search, will aid you greatly in accomplishing your goal of obtaining your next exceptional career opportunity.

Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing (www.webuildstaffing.com). To learn more about Michael or to follow his Blog please visit www.michaeldesafey.com