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

7 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

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 an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
Published: 08/19/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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