Employer Expectations


73% of employers highlighted accountability as an essential characteristic when looking for new employees.

The individuals who demonstrate accountability most effectively are those who go beyond the confines of their job description, take responsibility for things that go wrong and/or attempt to improve the current situation in any way they can with the overall mindset being to better the business.


Perhaps unsurprisingly, adaptability was chosen as essential by 75% of employers surveyed.

Those candidates who can genuinely display the flexibility and ingenuity to rise to any challenge they face, maintain a dynamic approach and respond positively to it all with calm or optimistic outlook, will automatically increase their employability.


Whatever industry you’re in, having a sense of trust in others around you is vital for a harmonious workplace. Perhaps that’s why 91% of employers chose trustworthiness as their next essential characteristic when hiring. Not to mention that working within a trustworthy environment produces longevity within the workforce.


Affirming the old proverb, 92% of hiring managers think that honesty really is the best policy.

And, although honesty is inevitably linked to accountability and trustworthiness to a certain degree, adopting it as an integral part of your mindset and being able to practically display it is crucial. It doesn’t have to be too hard-hitting, just a few words to display your morals are in the right place should be more than enough to tick the box.


Finally, according to our research the most important trait for successful jobseekers is commitment. In fact, 93% of all employers said that this was absolutely essential for all team members and potential hires.

Commitment undoubtedly has an exceptionally powerful effect. If it’s there, it provokes trust and earns respect. When it’s missing, it’s almost impossible to replicate or attain belief from any level of the business.