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If you were hiring for this job, what qualities would you look for in a candidate?

1 of 25 Entry Level Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on August 19th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer would like to see the level of insight you have when it comes to the company's needs for this role. It is a safe bet to pull from any characteristics mentioned in the job posting or job description. Make sure to keep company culture in mind when you answer, and be prepared to display to the interviewer how you match these qualities.

Some of the top qualities that an interviewer may be seeking include:

- Accountable
- Trustworthy
- Loyal
- Self-motivated
- Resilience
- Problem-solver
- Analytical
- Creative
- Social media & tech savvy
- Strong business sense
- Willpower

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"If I were hiring I would choose someone highly analytical but still able to see the big picture, and think in a team-first mentality. I am highly team oriented and also possess the ability to create short, and long-term plans using data analysis and market trends."

Admin
Answer example

"If I were in charge of choosing the candidate for this job, I would look for someone with a naturally cheerful and positive disposition. I would also look for someone, like myself, who is well organized. There are a lot of moving parts in this position so those being a fast learner would be especially important."

Manager
Answer example

"I believe that a manager should be organized but also have personal qualities that would make other people desire to be led by them. I naturally take on a leadership role in my school, organized sports, and even with my siblings. Also, a manager should be an excellent active listener so I would look for that quality as well."

Marketing
Answer example

"For this particular position, I would look for someone highly creative that knows how to collaborate with other people who are more experienced. I am new to my career, so it's important that I observe and learn just as often as I give ideas and suggestions. With that comes the need for confidence. I would also seek out someone highly confident."

Retail
Answer example

"I would look for someone who fits in well with the team, the company brand, and the overall workplace culture. You can teach many things, but you cannot teach someone to have a character set that will compliment your company's goals."

Sales
Answer example

"A sales professional should be highly engaged, energetic, and internally competitive. I work hard to possess these qualities, and I know these are important to your company as well."

Teacher
Answer example

"If I were in charge of hiring for this position, I would look for someone with a high GPA, a history of volunteering and community involvement. I would also seek out a person who identifies as being compassionate, caring, and patient."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Published: 08/19/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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