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Asked by Emma on September 13, 2017

What is are some personal traits that interviewers are likely to favor? E.g. confidence, attitude, intelligence, etc.?

Answered by Alyssa, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on September 14, 2017

Hello,

Interviewers look for a handful of traits that would fit well with the company and the team you would be working with.  Some of the big ones are your goal setting ability and leadership skills.  Companies want to know that you want to grow from within their company.  Another one is your attitude and personal skills.  Express and have examples of working in a team and that you are able to work with all types of people. 
My suggestion to you would be to look up the company culture that you are applying for.  Once you learn about a company culture you can see which traits you have that could be an asset to the company and express those during your interview.

Thank you and good luck! 

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Answered by Christianna, Hiring Expert at BNY Mellon, on September 15, 2017

Prior to an interview, consider researching the company’s vision, values & team culture. From your research determine how your past behaviors, experience and knowledge can contribute to the company’s success. Additionally, prepare questions to ask the interviewers that speak to your interest on a particular topic relevant to the position for which you are interviewing.

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Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on January 31, 2018

There are various traits interviewers look for but I think they really vary by company. It is first important to understand the company culture. Depending on the culture of the company, some interviewers may prefer a more aggressive candidate while others may prefer a candidate who is personable and a great team player. Confidence is always important but in most cases, it's important not to come across overly confident. For most entry-level roles, some key traits are leadership, flexibility, positivity and a self starter. I think most employers value someone who can work well with others and someone who can be trusted to work independently but also well in a team. I would highly recommend researching the company ahead of time to understand their values and culture, and understand the role and what traits are necessary for someone in the specific position.
Best of luck!

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