Deborah Allen has interviewed many hiring authorities and decision makers over the years, and no matter what part of the country or the size of the company, a consistent themes emerge when it comes to what employers are looking for and which companies retain great employees.
How do companies attract great candidates?
1. “Great companies attract great people.” Simple and true of most of life, when a company takes the time to build a strong brand – they have an equally strong presence in the labor market.
2. A quality company will attract quality people by offering employees a workplace that understands and uses technology in the most efficient and intelligent ways. The work process thus becomes easier and less encumbered by labyrinthine bureaucracy.
3. A quality company will provide adequate resources and not only draw – but retain a topnotch workforce. When people want to stay, it speaks volumes about the company. When people are ready to jump ship at any and every moment – well, this speaks volumes too.
What do employers want?
1. Employers want to see solid evidence in your past that shows you can do the job. Not necessarily the exact job and title – but a track record of success using skills that are essential to the position.
2. Will you be easy to work with? No employer wants to hire people who appear rude, negative or overly sensitive.
3. They are looking for a certain level of enthusiasm for that particular position. If it looks as if their job offering is just a blur among the hundreds of jobs you’re applying for, no matter what your skills are, they will want someone who shows genuine enthusiasm about joining their company.
4. They must be reasonably sure that you will like your job and want to stay, but on a day to day basis, you must enjoy your work or you will never be truly productive or have a positive impact on your fellow employees.
The Top 10 Things Our Candidates Want
A management team that treats employees well
Pride in where they work and what they do
Respect – both personal and professional
The ability to exercise autonomy and control in one’s job
The opportunity to learn and grow on the job
A sense of community and belonging
Flexibility that allows for work/life balance
Sincere expressions of appreciation
The opportunity to make a difference; to have input and influence