What Is a Hiring Manager Looking For?

1-2 minutes

There are many desirable qualities which an employer will look out for during an interview but first and foremost, they will be assessing whether you can do the job well. To ascertain this, they will ask probing questions into your skills and employment history. 

Without appearing over-confident, you need to display that you have the skills and experience required to carry out the role. Take another good look at the job description before the interview and make sure you talk about these skills and experience in your answers. 

Talking about irrelevant skills which you might be good at will just waste time during the interview - time which could be used to prove you are a suitable candidate. 

As well as your abilities, a hiring manager will also be looking for cues that you will fit well into their existing team. You could be the best applicant for the job on paper but if you couldn’t work as part of an existing team, this could store up trouble for the future, trouble which a hiring manager would likely want to avoid. 

Good communication skills will also be high up on a hiring managers list. Whether the role is client-facing or not, the ability to communicate well with colleagues is essential for employers, especially if working remotely where this is crucial but could be more difficult. 

  • A hiring manager could also be looking for
  • Passion and knowledge of the company
  • Enthusiasm and knowledge of the job role  
  • That you understand the job role
  • Willingness to learn 
  • Honesty and accountability 
  • Approachability 
  • Accessibility 
  • Someone that can think for themself 
  • Commitment 

Who is Spencer Clarke Group? 

Since 2017, we've been changing the face of recruitment. From our employees, to the way we do business, to the culture within our office, we're determined to make a difference and create a positive impact on everyone around us.

Recruitment to us isn't just about matching candidates and clients; we’re passionate about finding candidates the perfect job which has the ability to boost their salary and standard of living, better their work life balance and improve their mental health. 

Similarly, we understand the impact which an experienced and skilled employee can make to a business and we love seeing clients thrive through the hard work of candidates which we have placed with them. 

We operate in two sectors:

Private Sector

Public Sector 

In eleven specialisms:

Accountancy & Finance

Education & SEND

Construction, Trades & Labour

Healthcare, Social Care & Nursing


Corporate Functions & Business Support

HR & Workforce Development

IT & Digital

Property & Asset Management  

Planning, Development & Regeneration 

Highways, Infrastructure & Engineering

If you’re searching for a new role, why not visit our job page to take a look at the latest opportunities? Alternatively, upload your CV and one of our experienced consultants will contact you when a relevant opportunity becomes available. 

If you’re struggling to fill a role, why don’t you give us a call on 01772 954200 to see how we can help? One of our consultants will be happy to listen to the challenges which you are facing and advise on the best possible solution for you.

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