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Inability to make decisions and laziness stall career growth Says Antal Russia

Inability to make decisions and laziness stall career growth Says Antal Russia

More and more employers use competency based interviews in the recruitment process. This tool is used to determine whether the applicant meets the requirements of the vacancy. The required mix of skills and personal qualities is the same for most managerial positions. Responsibility, communication skills, leadership, people management, decision making, results orientation, teamwork, discipline, integrity and ethics are usually included in the set of key competencies.

According to a survey conducted by Antal Russia, 81% of employers believe that responsibility is the main quality a candidate should have. 78% of candidates agree with them. For 78% of employers the most important candidate skills are people management and the ability to make decisions. These competencies also scored a significant number of candidates’ votes (86% and 74% respectively). Results orientation was ranked third by employers with 74% of the votes. According to 73% of candidates, this competency is also one of the three most important.

Angelina Voskresenskaya, Manager of Financial Recruitment at Antal Russia, says: “The survey reinforces the thesis that the picture of an ideal employee has recently changed for the employer. If previously the emphasis was made on the level of intelligence and education, then now the key factors are the personal characteristics, the ability to get along with people, the ability to not only hear, but to listen, the empathy. The ability to make decisions is very important nowadays when the life has become so dynamic that not everyone is able to find their way around and to make choices”.

The question about what hinders managers in achieving success in their careers didn’t provoke disagreement between employers and candidates. The greatest number of respondents (66%) indicated an inability to make decisions as the main obstacle on the way of career growth. More than half of respondents (59%) reported that laziness is one of the key problems of modern managers. Both employers and candidates don’t think that lack of experience and lack of education could seriously hinder career development.

According to the survey, employers and job seekers have similar views on the key competencies. It should be mentioned that candidates focus more on leadership and attach less importance to integrity and ethics.

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