New research shows that the vast majority of employers (88%) are looking for a “cultural fit” over skills in their next hire as more and more companies focus on attrition rates
First-impression traits are the most critical for employers to prepare for as they all can be evaluated by a recruiter or hiring manager within the first 30 seconds of meeting a candidate.
“A manager can read you the moment you walk in the door,” she says; from the clothes you wear to the way you stand to the grip of your first hand-shake, presenting yourself as a confident, energetic professional is about as basic as career advice gets. But don’t be off-put by this commonplace advice.
The most successful applicant is the one who walks into every interview with her hand outstretched for a handshake, has done her homework on the interviewer and company and is dressed to fit effortlessly into the culture of the workplace.
To present yourself as a self-monitoring personality type, adjust resume language to call attention to work experience where you’ve worked independently or excelled without the guidance of direct leadership. “In interviews, chose anecdotes that show how you’ve saved, made or achieved in previous positions… and how self-motivation was critical to that success.”
Edit the “hobbies and interests” sections of their resumes. In looking for intellectual curiosity employers are looking for two things. The ability to problem solve and the ongoing dedication to learning new technologies or solutions that will continue to advance in the changing workplace. Employers are asking themselves whether new hires will be with the company for the long term. An employee who will grudgingly adopt a new database is not as attractive as one who is truly passionate about learning new things.