15 Traits of Superior Employees

14 Apr

As we’ve reported before, it is imperative to be good at one’s job. This is essential for staying employed, getting promoted, and receiving strong recommendations when looking for a new job.

According to Ken Sundheim, a Forbes contributor: “When hiring for any size business, it’s not what the candidates know today.  Information can always be taught.  The most intelligent companies hire on future success and heavily weigh personality when determining the most apt employees. Regardless of industry, pay, age, or sex, all ideal employees share some common traits.  These include, but are not limited to individuals who can be described as or possess the following.”

Click the image to read about Sundheim’s 15 key traits. How do you stand on these factors?



15 Responses to “15 Traits of Superior Employees”

  1. Sabrina Quiroga April 14, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    I could not agree more when it comes to the 15 traits of an ideal employee. As students and future employees, we are taught to promote ourselves, during interviews, as being modest, upbeat, ambitious, successful, confident, hardworking etc. I believe that only good things will come if you can successfully portray yourself as having all of these characteristics.

  2. stephanieross1 April 14, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    I believe that these 15 traits are very important to becoming a superior employee. With any job, it is necessary to have confidence, ambition, intelligence and passion about your work. It seems like a waste of time if you’re not doing something you really care about. And if you want to be successful in your field, you have to be willing to work hard for it. Currently I’m applying for internships and most employers post that they are looking for someone who is a hard-worker, ambitious and enthusiastic. You need to be able to sell yourself to employers by promising them that you qualify for all these character traits.

  3. samantha weinstein April 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    i absolutely agree with the 15 traits. All of these are important because as we learn more about what future employers want, leadership skills and personality play a big factor in an interview. An employer could interview the smartest person in the world, but if there quiet, not wiling to take risks, and don’t mesh well with the rest of the staff, then the overall outcome of hiring that employee will not be beneficial. Another great trait was number 15 which was to be passionate about what you do. If you don’t love what you do then your not going to try your hardest to excel at your job.

  4. Brenna Harran April 15, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    The 15 traits listed in the Forbes article are 100% accurate. Despite what someone looks like or what they have done in the past, if they cannot communicate well or have a personality that will bring success in the future, then that is not a good employee. I’ve heard many horror stories from interviews where people have the brains and resume to fit a position but were not confident, outgoing, enthusiastic etc. about the job and what they wanted to do and without that you’re not going very far. The workplace is getting more and more competitive everyday so you need to be able to market yourself in a well rounded manner.

  5. Amanda Vogel April 15, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

    I agree with the 15 traits but something that happens often that isn’t really recognized is how connections are the most important. We have been taught that it is important to network and gain as many contacts as possible but I don’t think people searching for a job realize just how much knowing somebody plays a role in getting a job. This list is great if you have no connections and go into an interview process cold though. I think that some factors definitely weigh out more than others too. As in, some interviewers may think that looks are most important while others may be looking mainly for that intelligence factor. Like anything else in the world, people will all have their own opinions on how a business should be run but the best you can do is try to cover each of these 15 traits so that no matter what the employer is looking for, they’re satisfied.

  6. Lingling Li April 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Inside company is also a market, therefore, honesty employees are important for better management. In fact, honesty and loyalty are very precious traits in employees. Especially in those occupations which require employee to keep their work confidential, hiring a less capable but more honest employee are much wiser than hiring a dishonest employee who would sell company’s business secrets to other competitors.

  7. Brianna Coyle April 15, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

    I could not agree more with the 15 traits. I think that they don’t just apply to getting hired, but they are relevant throughout our lives. If we don’t have things like drive, dedication, and confidence we won’t get very far. Employers want someone who will not only push themselves, but motivate everyone around them to do better. Companies look for people with different skills depending on the position, but these 15 factors definitely make a candidate stand out.

  8. Shannon Chadha April 16, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    I have to say that I agree with all fifteen traits. It is so imporatant to come off as confident, successful, honest, ect in interviews. As college students we can learn a lot from this for future job interviews. An employer wants to see someone with all these traits because they will show in their future work. Although actual skills relating to the specific job are important it is true that those can be taught. These fifteen listed cannot really be taught. It’s more that you either have them or you don’t.

  9. Alex Kofsky April 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    I completely agree with the fifteen traits listed in the article. I think that some of the most important traits listed are being ambitious, hard working, passionate and marketable. I think the article was extremely accurate when it stated that the best employees are not always the most knowledgeable. I agree that the best employees are the ones who can grow the most, but i feel that personal growth can only be achieved if the employee has the motivation and passion to do so.

  10. Chelsea Gillyard April 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    The 15 traits listed in the article are some that generally fall under the characteristics of a leader. A leader is ambitious and motivated, but can also be modest and allows others to take the lead sometimes. They are intelligent and detail-oriented but they put in the work to become successful. A leader is confident. They know what they want, and they make the moves they need to make to get there. Like the article said, any employee can be trained but you can not teach a person integrity, work ethic, or self-confidence. That all comes from within.

  11. Giulia Murphy April 16, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I think the 15 traits listed in the Forbes article is completely true. I believe this is very significant to internships as well. Students intern to LEARN and GAIN experience. They don’t know it all yet. I think if a candidate has qualities like the ones listed in this article, they are qualified candidates. I have never been a believer that if you got the brains then you’ll succeed. You have to be smart and knowledge and then some. Like they say in the article, any employee can be trained but you can’t teach someone personality characteristics that are equally, if not more important to business.

  12. Harrison Jakobs April 16, 2013 at 11:07 pm #

    I totally agree with 15 traits Forbes says an ideal employee should have. Personality is a key factor of success not only in business but in life. Qualities such as integrity cannot be bought or taught and they influence everything we say and do. Although different jobs require different levels of education and different skill sets, they all require a good work ethic and communication skills to be considered an ideal employee.

  13. Jonathan Wolman April 22, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    I definitely agree with the 15 traits of superior employees because as they say, information can always be taught. It’s much easier teaching a potential employee the information they need to perform the job than it is trying to change a persons personality/the foundation that makes them who they are.


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