When an interviewer is meeting with a candidate for a job, there are eight character traits he or she looks for:
Self-confidence. Employers want people who are confident about their skills. Generally, experience breeds confidence. If you don’t have experience to point to, make up for it through preparation, enthusiasm and drive.
Well organized. If you have prepared for the interview by writing down some notes beforehand, that’s good. It shows you think ahead and organize your thoughts – desirable qualities for an employee. Don’t hesitate to refer to your notes during an interview.
Personable. The more you smile during the interview, the better. The interviewer will take note of people who are cheerful and friendly because that’s the way most employers want their customers to be treated.
Strong work ethic. If you say to the interviewer you’re happy to work 40-hours a week but no more, they will be less impressed than if you say you are flexible and willing to work whatever hours are required to get the job done.
Efficient. Employers want people who will be smart in how they approach their responsibilities. They want employees who know how to get things done.
Creative. A creative employee will take a job description and add their own ideas on how to expand what gets done. If you can demonstrate a willingness to think about new ways of getting the job done, that will be worthwhile.
Goal-oriented. If you’re good at setting goals and then working to achieve those goals, mention that. The top performers in any organization will usually be intensely goal-oriented. If you demonstrate this quality, it will be good for your prospects. Be prepared to talk about your long-term goals with the interviewer.
Problem-solver. Most companies want their employees to have some input into the workplace. They welcome new ideas for streamlining processes or solving problems. Therefore, if you can show your ability as a problem-solver, this will give you an edge.