Employers put a lot of work into finding the right person for the job. They will interview lots of potential candidates in order to seek the best skills.

A good attitude will also go a long way to persuading the employer to hire you too!

Depending on the sector you’re looking to pursue, will determine the specific skill set you need. Here are the top 3 things an employer will be looking for in your interview.

Company and Industry Knowledge

Know the business before you go to an interview. Make sure you’ve done some research beforehand; understand the industry they work in and what keeps the business ticking. Look at their website, if it is a retail business or similar, visit the store, or go on their website to see if there are any interesting articles about them.

This will help to build a picture of the company’s achievements so far and their ethos and enable you to offer up ideas and indicate how you could add value to the business. This could be the difference between getting the job or not!


Speech is often overlooked as a skill. This tool needs to be honed and continuously improved. Having good verbal and written communication skills is extremely important because you need to be able to communicate clearly and effectively with your colleagues and customers. The key to good communication is being clear, concise and confident; your interview is the perfect opportunity to show case your communication skills.

Make sure you let your interviewer talk, and show them you can listen1


Being able to show that you can work with a team could potentially make or break your interview. Teamwork will help you develop better relationships with colleagues; allowing you to achieve your business goals. The interviewers will want to see proof that you will fit in with the company culture and become a valuable member of the team.

It’s also important to be able to have the confidence to work on your own too, but always with the company’s common goals in mind.

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