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What qualities are necessary for an Intern/Graduate?  


Andy
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Degree aside, what qualities would the HR look for in an intern or graduate?

thanks again for answers

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Kassem Fawaz
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Hi Andy, 

I would say they would look to see that you are willing to continuilly improve yourself. So they would want you to learn how to better do your job not only from the work you do in the company, but also by enhancing your skills, reading, and taking trainings outside the 9 am to 5 pm work schedule, and on weekends sometimes. 

I never seen anyone have a great success just by working 9 to 5. And companies I've worked for, they usually promote and give raises to the employees that improve themselves regularly. 

Hope that helps.

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Ryan
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Hi Andy,

For an intern/graduate the most important qualities should be:

1. Proactiveness: for someone fresh out of college having zero industry experience, proactiveness to learn new things and take initiatives is a key quality that employers look for. 

2. Ability to learn from mistakes: you're new to the firm, you will make mistakes, you will learn from it and you make sure that you won't repeat them. After all, to err is human. 

3. Taking ownership/accountability: when you undertake responsibilities, you also have to take accountability for them. When tasks are assigned to you, you execute them and you take credit for it but what if for some reason you couldn't execute those tasks? Do you blame external factors or the people around you just because you couldn't complete them? Or you man up and take ownership for it?

4. Employers look for professionals who don't crib when given a task. When working in a corporate, you're constantly being observed by your seniors, managers, senior managers, etc. If you crib or complain about the tasks you've been given, it won't send a good message to the ones above you. You know what I mean? I've worked with people who think that they deserve way more than what they've been assigned and tend to look down on others. If they've been assigned some tasks, they're already feeling inferior to others and have a feeling insecurity which in turn leads to jealousy and hatred for their peers. Trust me when I say this, employers know what you're capable of and what your potential is. They're constantly testing you with the tasks they give you. If you pass, you're good to go and if you don't you're doomed. 

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Robison
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Hi Andy,

HR is very concerned about Attitude and Soft Skills that Interns possess. By the end of the day it's all about how you interact and deal with clients.

One of the ways they check this out is when they ask you to describe yourself during the interview, if you go on about what your CV or Resume already present this means that you have a bit more to master. How you answer this question will overlap many of your qualifications.

Confidence is another factor they look out for, not just the traits of communication but working styles, grooming, outfits, dress codes etc.

Focus on developing your Soft Skills and Personality, you will automatically learn the tricks of the trade and how to apply your education to practical circumstances.

Cheers.

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