What do Big Companies Look for in the Right Candidate?

What do Big Companies Look for in the Right Candidate?
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What do Big Companies Look for in the Right Candidate? | While internal hiring remains common for large businesses, many companies prefer to fill positions by hiring from outside rather than promoting within. External hiring gives opportunities to the mass but also creates more competition. This is why when applying for jobs, it’s important to identify your unique skills that will help you stand out.

It’s easy to overlook the essential skills that we all possess and forget what makes you unique. While it’s great (and an asset) to know the latest software and have the technical skills, that’s not all employers look at. It’s important to note that when applying to big corporations, the interview matters as much as your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume. 

The hiring team wants to see more than just what’s written on your CV.A connection during the interview process is key to you advancing with the company. So, what are the big executives looking for in an employee?


If you apply for a well-established business, you have to be knowledgeable and confident. After all, if you are not positive and sure of yourself, how can an employer trust that you are the right fit? Attitude will take you far. When you are an employer or recruiter, you want to hire rockstars for your agency, so as a candidate, you want to show that you are that rockstar they are looking for. That said, confidence doesn’t always come easily, especially in stressful situations like an interview. 26-year-old fashion designer Misha Kaura shares, “The best tip I have for being confident professionally is knowing your own worth.”

The interview:

Make sure you dress the part. Walk into that room with your best outfit on, make direct eye contact, speak with confidence, sit up straight – the works. You’re perfect for this position. Make sure they know it too.  

Communication Skills 

Good communication is essential wherever you decide to apply. Many corporations want to hire and train on communication because it benefits the overall company. Companies are looking for tangible skills that come with excelling at a big corporation and the qualities that allow for a personal connection.

The interview:

Enter the room smiling, and be sure to be personable and upbeat. No one wants to enter an interview with a Debbie Downer.

Time Management

It’s essential to be on top of all your tasks and avoid distractions. This soft skill not only affects your workflow but your fellow employees. A team member without time management can cause significant disruptions within any company.

The interview:

Show up 5-10 minutes early. This shows you’re always on time and demonstrates to your interviewer that you value their time as much as your own.


When employers are making executive decisions, they want to know that you share the same values and goals as they do. You aim to be there long-term and see a future where both you and the company benefit from your position.

The interview:

There’s a chance they will ask where you see yourself in five years and if you’re looking for a job long term. If and when they do, it’s crucial to assure them that this isn’t just temporary for you. You want to see yourself grow and thrive with this company.

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