When an employer asks you what you look for in a job, they are not necessarily looking for a particular answer. They are simply looking to see what your priorities are and if you can put them into words. Any number of things can be put together to create a great answer to this question including company culture, performance based rewards, teamwork, growth potential etc.
When you develop your answer, remember that there are three important things to keep in mind:
- Try to be Authentic – Consider the factors that are more important TO YOU in a job, don’t just recycle standard replies.
- Keep it Professional – Every answer should be about your ability to be a good employee. This is not the forum to voice personal goals.
- Be Ready to Back it Up – You need to be ready to engage in a discussion about the points you make if necessary.
What Are the Three Things Most Important to You in a Job?
“From any job, I would like easy work that I can complete without problems, a relaxed work environment and bosses that will not blame me for things that I did not do.”
“Growth potential is the most important thing to me in any role I accept. I look for good growth potential in terms of my own role within the company and especially in terms of the company’s overall growth. I’d love to work for a company that is innovative and always looking for new opportunities to expand. Secondly, I look for companies who have a positive and adaptive culture. And finally a healthy level of respect and trust. A positive workplace will create high levels of respect and trust amongst its employees. It is important to me that my coworkers can respect and trust me just as I can trust my coworkers.”
The answers are fairly simple, but they deliver a positive message. You are committed to the company. You want to work in a positive environment. You want to be seen as trustworthy. All of these reflect positively on you and can be defended or expanded upon if required.
Other Potential Answers For Things That Are Most Important to You in a Job
It’s important to also be truthful to yourself. That’s why, if growth is not exactly what you are looking for in a career, there are many other professional options to choose from. Consider the following:
- Job is stimulating & challenging
- Able to learn new things and develop your skill set
- Achieve measurable results
- Feel valued and a core part of the team
- Opportunities to grow and progress within the company
- Be part of a positive culture where contributions are appreciated
- Learn from peers and supervisors
- Achieve a healthy work/life balance
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Figuring Out What Actually Is Important To You
Sometimes figuring out what is most important to you is hard. You can come up with an answer for the interviewer from the list above but being clear in your own mind about what you want is a bit trickier. If you are feeling a bit like this, you should also have a look at our post on the 5 Most Important Things To Look For In A New Job. It details the items below and will help you clarify what really is most important to you in a job. You can then choose which elements you would like to share with an interviewer.
- Salary & Performance Based Remuneration
- Company Culture
- Experience & Development
- Network Development