What HR Look for in An Applicant

Job interviews have evolved  in recent years. You could be intelligent, hardworking, and professional, and you could have a lot of knowledge and ace the aptitude test. However, it is also essential you ace other elements of the interviews such as oral interview and psychometric tests. Some candidates are automatically rejected after sending their resumes.

The majority of job seekers in Nigeria must come to terms with ethics and professionalism, realizing that their interview starts with the submission of their CV. It’s bad to submit a sloppy CV; some individuals also submit photocopied CVs that they’ve had since graduation. Therefore, make it a habit to update your CV on a regular basis; if you can’t or don’t know how to do so, you can learn how by getting educated or hiring a competent CV writer to assist you.

Business owners and interviewers recognize the value of having the best hands on their teams; others recognize that getting the best hand would cost them a lot and are eager to hire people who can be trained. As a result, they will not make any concessions in their search for perfection. Many people miss out on jobs that they should have had because they lack the required characteristics. Individuals with high qualities will appeal to interviewers because they will bring value to their teams.

Here are 4 things recruiters look for in a candidate;

Basic communication

Since communication is the only way we can communicate as social beings, it is a crucial skill every applicant must possess. You should be aware that you will have to pass another test in addition to the aptitude test, and that simple communication assessments such as filling in the gaps can be difficult if you do not have the necessary training. Since we live in a global society, learning how to interact effectively is important. Therefore, it is the skill that the recruiter looks out for. If you lack the ability to communicate, you won’t be able to respond to questions as they are asked, speak about your abilities or even display your other capabilities; because as far as the interview goes, words come before action.


The ability to connect is what gives us the courage to apply for a job in the first place. Having the necessary knowledge and skills for the job gives you a sense of intent and hope for interview success, rather than apprehension about the result. Recruiters are often on the lookout for people who can help them transform their businesses and promote organizational development.


Change is the only constant thing; hence it is crucial that you are highly adaptable and can fit in different roles. You are viewed as an asset right during the interview if the recruiter senses you are versatile and can fit in different roles. This is why you could apply for a lower role and get employed in a higher one. This doesn’t happen by accident. You must embrace versatility; build knowledge in a range of subjects. I am a strong believer that you could be a Jack of many trades and master of all. Being versatile will help you greatly when you eventually get the job; you could easily apply for an inhouse upgrade and get it, and if the company for any reason wants to reduce staff, you will be among the talents that the organisation won’t want to tamper with.

Knowledge of the organisation

The worst blow you can give yourself as a candidate is if you have no knowledge of the organization you want to represent; applying for a position and being called for an interview means you are one step closer to joining the company, so you should be well-versed in its offerings. This will assist you in establishing a niche even before you begin working. This information will also assist you in acing your interview.

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