Factors That Influence an Employer's Selection Method

Published: Oct 03, 2013

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October 3, 2013

Top Common Factors That Employers Look For

By Carole Martin, Interview Coach

Employers are looking for certain qualities in an employee. By looking at a question and matching it to a factor – you can be ready with an example or a story to answer the question – no matter what the question.

It’s impossible to predict what you will be asked –but it is possible to think about what factors the interviewer will be looking for and possibly scoring you on your answers– based on the factor sought.

Common Factors for Most Jobs

These overlap in many areas – it basically boils down to about seven or eight common factors.

1. Ability to communicate orally /relate well with theirs- customer service

2. Ability to organize, plan, and prioritize

3. Ability to bring enthusiasm to the position -self-motivated

4. Ability to maintain a positive image – composure in stressful situations

5. Ability to evaluate information and make judgment decisions/problem solving

6. Initiative and motivation – team/leadership

7. Ability to adapt to changing situations

8. Integrity


Question 1: What’s important for you in a job?
Factor: Motivation, enthusiasm.

Question 2: How do you handle working with a difficult colleague?
Factor: Communicate, relate with others

Question 3: How will you add value within 30-60-90 days?
Factor: Self-Motivated, nitiative, ability to plan and organize

Question 4: Tell me about your last great idea.
Factor: Initiative, problem solving, analyze, judgment

Question 5: If you were put into a compromising situation at work, where would you turn?
Factor: Adapt to changing situation, maintain a positive image – composure, analyze, problem solve.

By focusing on factors rather than questions you will be able to tell stories that can relate your past experiences as indicators of your future success.

About the Author

The Interview Coach, Carole Martin, is a celebrated author, job coach, and speaker on the subject of interviewing and recruiting. Carole is using her proven methods for coaching job seekers on competitive interviewing skills in technical and non-technical industries. www.interviewcoach.com

Follow The Interview Coach on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn at http://www.interviewcoach.com/blog to learn about current workshops and seminars Carole is offering.

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