Ali Slutsky

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Ali Slutsky is a partner at Resplendent Hospitality, a food and beverage Public Relations & Marketing agency based in Austin, Texas.

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What Employers Look For In A Candidate

While each position and company differs when it comes to their policies and employee expectations, the recruitment process typically looks for the same type of qualities in future hires. With experience aside, here are some of the top qualities employers look for in a candidate.


If you studied communication in school, every teacher in every class would start the semester off by drilling the idea that communication is the single most important skills employers look for, regardless of the position or industry; as technology develops and communities get more involved, the need for this ability rises.

Communication skills are being examined from the first impression: the resume. By the time the interview rolls around, the employer most likely has an idea about the interviewee. As open-ended questions are asked, specific actions are looked for and watched. For example, eye contact, body posture, and the sitting position can share a lot about an individual’s communication style. If there is a lack of eye contact, folded arms, and a slouched position, the message will be tainted by perceived intent, which can ultimately distort meaning. On the other hand, strong eye contact, unfolded arms, and a forward-leaning position shows openness and interest in the subject at hand.


To say that employers look for intelligence on resumes and in interviews can paint a scary picture, especially for those who may not have graded with straight A’s. Luckily, intelligence can be broken down further into categories that make it easier to assess a candidate’s ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills.

Emotional Intelligence, or the ability to function within social or group settings, is one of the most desired skills employees look for. Some specific traits to look for are confidence, adaptability, and innovation. It is the single most significant factor that helps determine how well a potential employee will integrate into the team, the boss, and customers.


A great tell in what a candidate could bring to the table is what they think of the job and how they feel about obtaining it. The most reliable type of employee is someone who sees the acquiring of the position as a challenge. You will get the best job performance from an employee who sees the new title as a goal accomplishment rather than just a means to get by.


This is a harder quality to assess, especially through a resume or cover letter. References can be carefully analyzed, but that can only tell you so much. Once in an interview, an individual’s integrity can be more closely examined. A good tell is being upfront and honest in all aspects of explaining their expertise and employment.

Interview questions can be crafted to help give a better idea of who an applicant is. Here are some examples:

  • Talk about a time when your integrity was challenged at work. How did you handle it?

  • Have you ever experience a job setback or loss because you did what you felt was right?

  • What would you do if an employer or a colleague asked you to do something unethical?

  • Is there any work situation when honesty could be inappropriate?


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Nov 30, 2017 21:20