Passion. Employers we speak with always state they are looking for candidates with energy. When we have them define what “energy” means to them, it’s clear they are talking about passion. They are looking for employees who are passionate about their chosen field. Probing a little further, they indicate they look for candidates who are eager to learn. Candidates who enjoy learning and developing new skills. Candidates who look for ways to improve a job function or process. Candidates who continually strive to learn all they can about their field. For them, these are key indicators of passion.
However, passion goes beyond the work place. In an effort to build great teams and create the right corporate culture, employers are interested in what excites candidates personally. What they are committed to outside of the workplace. Many candidates feel uncomfortable talking about themselves. Get over it! When you are passionate about something; volunteering, running, baking, etc., it’s hard to contain that excitement and enthusiasm. That’s why it’s good for you as a candidate to talk about your passions (personal and professional).
Remember, potential employers are looking for candidate who have energy, passion. Understanding this up front will help you channel that positive energy to your advantage during the interview process. So start talking about your passions. Doing so will set you apart from other candidates.