The 5 Personality Traits That Get Hired

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Posted October 15, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Career Moves

You’d like to think your skills, your experience, and your accomplishments will be the things that get you the job, right? But simply put, employers are hiring people, not resumes, and your personality counts when it comes to being likeable and thus, hireable. But is your personality hireable? It depends.

Forbes is reporting on a massive study of over 400,000 individuals by Universum. In it, they’re culling down the “Top Five Personality Traits Employers Hire Most.” Is your personality in this group? (The percentages correspond to the number of employers in the group who believe this is an important trait for hired candidates.)

Professionalism (86%)

High-energy (78%)

Confidence (61%)

Self-monitoring (58%)

Intellectual curiosity (57%)

Ultimately, we’ve boiled all of this down into one sentence, one description of yourself that you should want your interviewer to walk away feeling about you. It’s easy to say, but hard to achieve. All of the five personality traits must come together in this exact way:

She’s smart. I like her. She’ll do well here.


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

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