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Opportunities come to those who are prepared. Glassdoor recently surveyed 750 hiring decision makers (think: recruiters, hiring managers and more) across the US and UK to find out what they thought were the most important skills for a candidate to have.

Not surprisingly, nine in 10 (88%) hiring decision-makers agreed that an informed candidate is a quality candidate.

The hiring decision-makers value informed candidates because they know more and self-select for the positions that are right for them, making the hiring process a lot easier.

Here are the best qualities which hiring decision-makers find in an informed candidate:

  • Prepared for the interview and ask pertinent questions.
  • Demonstrates the right experience.
  • Knowledgeable about the job role.
  • Knowledgeable of the organisation’s culture and values.
  • Prepared so that they have the right expectations about compensation and benefits.
  • Engaged in their job search.
  • Relevant as they present a customised resume or cover letter.
  • More thoughtful about where he/she works.

Recruiters and hiring managers value these qualities because they are looking for people who will have long-term success at their organisations.

The survey listed the top benefits of hiring informed candidates:

  • Better employee retention.
  • More productive employee.
  • More engaged employee.
  • Better team player.
  • Improved employee experience.
  • Better source for employee referrals.

David Orr, head of talent acquisition for North America at Sanofi US, told Glassdoor that he encouraged potential candidates to research the company before applying.

“You should learn about our company by researching our corporate and US websites,” he said.

“You’ll see how we keep the patient at the centre of all we do, how we work to meet medical needs and what we offer to our employees when it comes to work/life [balance] and professional development.

“You also need to have a good sense of self and understanding of where you want to go in your career. At Sanofi we offer great resources and programmes to develop our employees, but ultimately the employee owns their future career path.”

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