4 Professional Attributes That Make a Job Applicant More Hirable

Traits that split the difference between “We’ll call you,” and “You’re hired!”

Congratulations! You’ve landed your first interview. Along with the experience you’ve gained by way of completing a career training program, you’ll want to find a way to showcase all the skills that you’ve acquired.

A decent resume is key. But chances are, if you’ve scored an interview, your resume has already done some of the talking for you. The next step is to develop an interview style that allows you to make a positive impression. Here are four professional attributes to keep in mind:

1. Enthusiasm

Enthusiastic applicants do research prior to interviews. They ask questions based on what they’ve learned. They seem excited about new challenges. They listen carefully.

But demonstrating enthusiasm is important for another reason. Given a significant aspect of recruitment and retention is centered upon hiring applicants who represent a worthwhile “fit” for the organization. Interviewers want to feel assured they’re considering someone who’s eager for the position; someone who may even possess the ability to help boost the level of morale.

2. Accountability

A lot of supervisors make their hiring decisions based on which candidates appear most capable of maximizing efficiency. Part of that means minimizing the amount of time any manager needs to devote to “putting out fires.”

Applicants who avoid giving direct answers – or who blame others for past failures – are sending a message they do not take responsibility for results. Oftentimes it’s more admirable to admit you’ve made mistakes, and discuss what you learned. This may demonstrate you’ve overcome some obstacles, as well.

3. Appearance

In most of Branford’s healthcare-related career training programs (e.g., medical assistant programs, medical coding and billing training, surgical technology programs, etc.), students are required to wear medical scrubs to class. However, even though that may be the required dress code for school and for an eventual job, keep in mind that interviews require different attire.

When dressing for an interview, it’s best to assume business-formal. Remember, it’s always better to over-dress than under-dress if you’re looking to make the right impression.

4. Follow up

There are two kinds of follow-up messages you may need to send after an interview.

The first is a thank you note or email, thanking the interviewer for his or her time. This message should be sent the same day or the day after the interview.

The other follow-up message is to find out if you landed the job. Before leaving an interview, be sure to ask when they company will be making a hiring decision. Then, if you haven’t heard anything within that time frame, get in touch with the hiring manager.

Send a brief email reminding him or her of when you last spoke. State that you’re still very interested in the position and you’re checking in to see if a decision had been made.

Good luck on those interviews!

Looking for assistance with resumes, cover letters or preparation for interviews? Branford Hall’s Career Services Department can help.