Top five traits of the best employees

Top five traits of the best employees

Whether you’re looking for a raise or on the hunt for a new job, you’ll want to be sure you demonstrate the five traits of the best employees. We’re telling you, they’ll get you places. And, if you’re an employer in pursuit of your next new hire, be sure to ask questions that will help you to determine if your potential talent will be your next best hire. Only the best employees will last!

Passion. Without passion, your job is just another daily grind. Without passion, there is no point (other than the money). Without passion, you’ll be able to see the end at the same time you see the beginning (or get your job offer). Passion is the most vital trait employers should be looking for in new hires. They are looking for someone with skill. Sure. But they’re also looking for someone with drive, someone who will love their job and work with their heart, not just their head. If you love your job, you’ll be more dedicated to the operation, to finding that cure, to doing whatever it is that the job at hand entails. If you’re an employer, be sure to ask your job candidates what they’re passionate about. And if you’re in a job just to pay the bills, take a look around. Look at our job board. See how you can make a change that makes more sense and while you’re making cents.

Motivation. Your boss doesn’t have time to tell you what to do all the time and chances are he or she hired you because they don’t want to and they trust you. So take initiative. Use that pretty little mind of yours. Think outside of the box handed to you from day one (within reason) and see where a little initiative takes you. With a little self-motivation, our bets are on a raise and promotion!

Confidence. You were hired for a reason. That’s because you’re just the man or woman for the job. So go about it with confidence. It’s key in good decision making and building trust among your peers and higher ups. Do what you do boldly. No need for second guessing. Confidence is key.

Prompt. Time is of the essence so use it wisely. No one likes a slow-poke when it comes to getting the job done. That being said, more than a slow-moving employee, employers really don’t have time for someone who moves so fast they make a lot of careless mistakes. So arrive on time and by that we mean five minutes early. And when you get there, find a pace that makes sense for you to be most productive.

Easy-going. This one should be just that––easy. No matter how smart or hard-working an employee is, they must be easy-going for things to work out. Be easy to work with. Your workplace is your second home. Oftentimes, we tend to forget one of the biggest pieces of the HR puzzle––personality. Let yours shine.

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Sealing the deal: Two things you should and should not do to land the job after the interview

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How many times have you been interviewed? And, how many times did that work out in your favor? You nailed the phone interview. Got the call back. Went on to round two which required a comp’d flight across the States and a one-night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn. You crushed the continental breakfast which gave you the energy to kill it during the round-table in-person interview. All six team members fist-pumped in-sync to the tune of the Rocky theme song and high-fived you on the way out. Yeah, that just doesn’t happen. Well, if it does, we’ve never heard of it.

More often than not, no deal is truly sealed until there are two signatures on the dotted line (yours and theirs), moving trucks have long-since moved your belongs to your new home where you’ve settled and the anxiety-ridden 90-day trial period has passed with flying colors.

Please and thank you. No matter how good or bad you think the interview went, please say “thank you.” It’s a common courtesy we all too commonly forget once we’ve said our goodbyes. The interview doesn’t really end with the nice-talking-with-you shake of the hand in the HR office. It ends when we take the time to get home, recount the way the conversation went and shoot our interviewer(s) something from the heart. Short and sweet is all that’s needed. Simply thank the guy(s) or gal(s) you were with for their time and consideration. It will go a long, long way.

More money. More problems. Don’t let the caption be a buzzkill. We’re not saying not to ask for more money. An increase in your pay is always a good thing. Always. If you’ve earned it and your new employers sees that. You got it. No problem.

Here’s the thing. Know what you want. And, most importantly, know it from the get-go (maybe even before you start your job search). Consider the amount of money you’re currently making. Consider any higher or lower costs of living or the difference in taxes from your current town to the one that you’re thinking of migrating to and then consider the market. (This post may be helpful!) Do your research to find out what others are making in that town, at that company and in the position you’re looking at. It’s all supposed to be a big fat secret but money isn’t the elephant in the room anymore. Come on folks, that’s what Google’s for! And, you also have real people you could talk to like us. Recruiters are oftentimes your best resource for revealing point-blank (after reading your resume first, of course!) what a person like you, at a time like this, in a place like that could possibly make for a job listed in their current openings.

So back to the point. After you’ve done your research, come up with a number. Let’s be reasonable now. Don’t just pick a number, any number from the top of your head that sounds like it could be enough to take that trip to the Bahamas with your wife and upgrade from the Honda CRV. Come up with a base number or your minimum. How low will you go in order to work for a company that takes you closer to your career goals and financial views of success. And, now, how much do you actually want to ask for that is not out-of-the-question? If an employer offers you anything in-between (or above) these two numbers, you know this job is a financial fit. If the number they come up with is less, there could be some negotiation but it might be a time to weigh out your options. If the number they come up with is too close to your minimum goal, there’s a chance to come up a bit to find a happy medium but here’s where your timing comes into place. It’s easiest when working with a recruiter like PEA. We usually have a much better idea as to whether the feast is movable or not. Just like buying a car, there is typically a bit of wiggle room. But, unlike buying a car in which you are the buyer and the other guy (or gal) is the salesman, in this case they can walk away and never look back if a few extra dollars seem to be more important to you than putting in the good work and finding say the cure for a debilitating disease that they’ve been working on for a decade. So play it smooth. Work with your recruiter (if you have one) to come up with the best approach. In some cases, it’s best if we do the talking. Whatever you do, don’t ask for more money once the paperwork is in the process. Be upfront when money is the topic of discussion. Don’t second guess yourself. Remember the bottom line you came up with earlier and say it like you mean it or walk away from the offer if they go too low. Keeping your self-worth (based on your previous pay and experience) at the top of your mind is one of the most important keys in keeping up with your pursuit of happiness. Seal the deal.

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5 interview questions every employer should ask & every applicant should be prepared for

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Remember ABC’s “Who wants to be a millionaire?” Well, there really are million dollar questions that could make or break your future outside of television game shows. If you’re an applicant for a job opening, the good news is this is your cheat sheet. And if you’re in human resources, the same goes for you. Below are five questions both employers and applicants should take the time to consider. The way in which these million dollar questions are answered may just make a big difference in your career no matter which side you’re on.


Q: Why are you here?
A: If you’re an interviewee, don’t panic when you’re asked this question. The interviewer knows you had an appointment with he or she. The goal of asking you why you’re there isn’t intended to throw you off. The intention is to find out a few things about you. Think about it. Why are you there? What has you in the market for a new job? Are you unhappy with your current position? If so, how can you word yourself so that you don’t necessarily talk down about the company which currently employs you. If you were laid off, think about how you can discuss this with the most positive outlook without downplaying your skill level and expertise and without placing blame. If you’re looking for more money, how can you phrase the need for compensation in a way that doesn’t make you look like you’re only in it for the money. Talk about your dreams and aspirations without sounding cheesy but by giving solid qualifying facts that speak loudly of you as a future employee and why the job is right for you.


Q: What would you do in your first 100 days on the job if you were hired for this position?
A: The goal of this question is to see where a job candidate’s mind is in the grand scheme of things–how the interviewee would work on a day-to-day basis, how they plan, how they would apply themselves to the role. If someone stumbles when they answer this question, chances are they haven’t even put much thought into how they could be of benefit to the company. And that should be the goal, right? Although a candidate doesn’t necessarily know the ins and outs of the job until they’re hired, the answer an employer should be looking for has less to do with the answer and more to do with how what is said illustrates one’s work ethic, self-motivation and ability to lead the team.


Q: From everything you know about this company and this role, how do you think you’d make a contribution?
A: It happens more often than you’d think. But if someone walks into an interview without doing much research on the company or position they’re interviewing for, they are hands-down not the right candidate for the job. If they have no interest in learning about the higher ups, the tasks and goals for the position they’re seeking or the company itself prior to the interview, they certainly won’t have any interest a couple years into the job. Those who come prepared with more than a generic knowledge of the company show work-ethic and passion for the job at-hand. Those who don’t do their research, well, they simply look slack from the get-go. If you find out about the job through a biotech or pharmaceutical recruiter like Phil Ellis Associates, use your recruiter to your advantage. Field basic questions to your recruiter so that when it comes time to interview, you are well-versed on the company, role and goals of the HR department.


Q: Where do you see yourself in five years?
A:  Passion about the future is important. Many can talk a big game, but talk won’t go far in the long run. Those who have goals for the future tend to show it–their faces light up when they talk about career possibilities. Generic answers don’t do much for those doing the hiring. Yes, everyone wants a considerable raise. And, yes, everyone wants a promotion, a bigger house and more vacation. If you’re being interviewed, think about what there is to gain. Why did you get into the biotech or pharmaceutical world in the first place? Is it because you were passionate about finding a cure for a particular disease? Is it because you want your name to go down in the history books like Alexander Fleming’s? Be honest. Tell your unique story. Truth sells.


Q: Do you have any questions for me?
A: If the answer is “no,” an employer’s answer back to the candidate should be the same. Even those on the shy end of the spectrum should come to the interview with a list of questions they have for the HR department. Questions about compensation, moving packages, bonus structure and hours are a place to start. But this is another place where a candidate can really shine by doing a bit of research. When the tables are turned, the questions the interviewee asks when he or she has a chance to do the interviewing could be a make or break.


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