- Hiring managers are increasingly willing to consider candidates changing industries and roles, with 38 percent stating they were very likely to consider a career changer with the right skills. Eagerness to learn is an asset, as more than half of respondents want to hire people who show willingness to gain the right experience and further develop their skills.
- The top concerns about career-changing candidates included a lack of industry experience and an inability to assimilate into the organizational culture. However, 60 percent of hiring managers noted that these candidates can improve their chances of serious consideration for employment by devising a concise and sensible explanation for the change.
- For the fifth consecutive year, hiring managers say attitude outranks skill, especially when it comes to personal ethics. This year, they ranked integrity the most important trait for a jobseeker to possess at any level.
- Candidates should keep in mind that hiring managers are naturally skeptical. Job seekers should be prepared to share examples of being authentic and transparent in the workplace.
- In today's business environment, change and evolution are constant. Hiring managers want to see candidates demonstrate adaptability and flexibility.
- Job seekers need to articulate how they have adapted to change with positive outcomes.
- Technology allows hiring managers and candidates to connect virtually; however, face-to-face interviews are still preferred — meaning job candidates should hone their in-person interviewing skills.
- As 46 percent of hiring managers surveyed cited strong interviewing skills as an important trait, candidates need to engage the interviewer in the conversation and not just answer their questions.
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