3 Traits Employers Look for in New Hires

July 2, 2013

Career Advice

3 Traits Employers Look for in New HiresWhen it comes to resumes and interviews, there are a slew of buzzwords out there like “professional” and “personable” and “productive.” Those descriptors all sound wonderful, but what is it — at the very core of these words — that employees are looking for? We’re going to break down the concepts that make candidates stand out. Use these phrases in your next interview or application along with some relevant examples and you’ll be a step ahead of the rest.

1. Adaptability
Even the most stable companies go through changes. People leave, departments get reorganized, and job duties get redefined. The best workers are the ones who can adapt to anything. They embrace change, not despite it. Show how you’ve dealt positively with an overwhelming change.

2. Collaboration
You’d describe yourself as a “great communicator” and a “team player,” but what employers really care about is how well you going to work with others. Share a story that demonstrates your ability to stay professional and positive even under the most stressful situations.

3. Innovation
Some employees go through the motions and others go above and beyond. Those are the ones who look for ways to be more efficient and effective. They take calculated risks. They make changes. They make decisions. Illustrate an example of how your passion helped a company’s bottom line.

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About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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