What Employers Want in An Employee and Why

What Do Employers Ask for in An Employee and Why?

This is an important question to ask yourself when you are writing your CV, your Cover Letter and preparing for an interview. Knowing what is desired will guide you to writing your best CV and communicating your most important traits and activities well.


Are You a Problem Solver?

This will be asked in a number of indirect ways in the interview and it’s a question in the employer’s mind when they screen your CV. Of course, many different problems will come up in work so it’s essential they hire an employee that finds solutions. Make sure your CV communicates the problems that arose, the actions you took and the results of your actions. Furthermore, practice articulating stories of problems you’ve solved in work for the interview when you’ll invariably be prompted to speak on problem solving.


Can You Deal with Managing Many Tasks?

You are very likely to be asked to show evidence of how you prioritise work in an interview, and for good reason – the position you are applying for most likely will leave the successful applicant in situations with a lot of tasks assigned to them with different deadlines. Many of us aren’t particularly good at this so I recommend reading the article below on how to prioritise tasks in work. This information is quite intuitive, so you’ll have shown good management of work already. The Eisenhower box below will reinforce what you already knew about prioritising and allow you to discuss clearly how you conceptualise prioritising workload and how you have done it in the past.




Do You Have a Willingness to Ask Questions?

Why do employers like to see you asking questions in an interview? Wanting to know more about what the job entails or more about information gained doing research on the company. They want someone that’s going to proactively learn on the job by asking questions. An employee that seeks out information is preferred to an employee that just takes in what is taught. Asking questions shows you are actively learning, thinking about what is being taught and voicing any problems you might have which all leads to you producing a higher quality of work.



This blog is about learning what the employer wants in an employee so that you can work on the attributes that pleases employers so that you can show evidence of these characteristics in future interviews and get that position you are searching for. If you research and practice your ability to prioritise and manage work, increase your propensity to ask questions and to work on providing solutions to problems, you will be in a great position to perform your next job as well as you can!


If you haven’t read our last blog on how to gain experience when you have none, you can read that here: http://www.3qrecruitment.ie/how-to-get-work-experience/