A hiring manager may ask you a question during an interview such as “If you were interviewing someone for this position, what traits would you look for” or, “What do you think are the most important character traits to have for this job”
The hiring manager uses this question to see how you would approach the position if hired, and if your approach would match up with what he feels is best for the job.
To answer this question effectively, choose relevant traits that also paint you in a positive light.
When you answer this question, the hiring manager will see how you view the job and the company. He will use this information to determine whether you and he share the same vision as it relates to that job.
This question requires you to view the position through the interviewer’s lens. Steer clear of the following traps when giving your answer:
The interviewer wants to make sure you know what the job requires, so any answer that doesn’t show understanding and confidence on your part should be avoided.
The following is an example of how you can word your answer regarding character traits:
“If I were interviewing someone for this position, I would want him or her to be confident speaking in front of crowds, as the position involves addressing the public on a regular basis. I would also look for eloquent delivery mixed with a strong listening ear. That would ensure that he can answer questions thoroughly and thoughtfully without preparation.”
It’s the hiring manager’s job to check whether or not you are cognizant of both your own strengths and what characteristics the employee should possess for the best working relationship.