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Top 8 skills employers are looking for: When interviewing potential candidates, each company will be looking for a different mix of skills and experience depending on the business they are in. There are however some generic skills all employers look for to determine a good candidate from a bad one! Here are our top 8. Read more

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When interviewing potential candidates, each company will be looking for a different mix of skills and experience depending on the business they are in. There are however some generic skills all employers look for to determine a good candidate from a bad one! Here are our top 8.


  1. A positive attitude – Are you fun to work with? Do you have a ‘can do’ approach to your work? Are you someone who views problems as exciting challenges? Being upbeat and enthusiastic when answering questions during an interview will show your positive attitude
  2. Solid time management skills – Can you plan, organise and prioritise your work effectively? Have a few examples of this in your mind before interview.
  3. A strong communicator – this is not just about talking but listening too. If you can do both well you will be able to build solid working relationships with colleagues and customers.
  4. A team player – surveys have shown that the ability to work well in a team is right at the top of employer’s wish list when searching for talent. Be able to demonstrate your ability to take the lead when necessary and when to step back and support your colleagues.
  5. A strong work ethic – Can you show you are motivated to get the job done? Are you always striving to do your best?
  6. Self-confidence – confidence is catching! Having a true belief you can do the job will come across at interview. Confidence will give you the courage to ask questions when you need to and contribute your ideas freely.
  7. The ability to accept feedback both positive and negative. Not taking things personally shows you are open to learning and developing as an individual and a professional.
  8. Adaptability – Change is inevitable but progress is not. Businesses are constantly changing and developing, if you’re not able to adapt and be flexible you’ll soon be left behind.


Knowing what soft skills companies look for will mean you only have to prepare once to show you have these skills. This will free up your time ahead of each interview to research the company, prepare your answers to role specific questions and technical abilities.



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