There are certain important values that employers consider to be shown and essential for employees to have in order to maintain an efficient, productive workplace. Consciously or subconsciously these are the principles that employers look for when hiring and therefore these are characteristics that you should attempt to emulate and show in an interview.

Developing these 10 ideals and including them into ones character can lead to increased job security since they are the hallmark of a valuable employee who is worth keeping for the long haul.

Do you have them?

  1. Strong work ethic

This includes a willingness to work hard and smart (efficiently) while producing high quality work. It is doing more than what is expected of you, being accountable, and not using company time for personal activities or pursuits.

  1. Dependability and Responsibility

It is the importance of punctuality. Keeping your supervisor well-informed of changes, your whereabouts and the status of assigned projects displays a high level of accountability, shows you value your job and take your responsibilities seriously.

  1. Positive attitude

Maintaining positivity and enthusiasm even when faced with challenges helps to motivate others, creates goodwill and a pleasant atmosphere to work in.

  1. Adaptability

Being flexible in an ever-changing workplace; being open to change and improvements; being uncomplaining; being able to adapt to the personalities and work habits of co-workers and supervisors and knowing how to accommodate others.

  1. Honesty and Integrity

Good work relationships are built on trust as well as moral and ethical behavior.

  1. Self-Motivation

Requiring little supervision and direction to get work done; having initiative and being self-directed.

  1. Motivated to Grow and Learn

Interested in keeping up with developments and knowledge in the field.

  1. Strong Self-Confidence

Not afraid to speak up and ask questions, being comfortable with yourself and not feeling the need to impress others; can admit your mistakes and keep a positive outlook thereby being able to inspire others.

  1. Professionalism

This speaks to how you complete your job, how you look, speak, dress, and behave. It includes always being aware of and observing proper etiquette and following the rules and policies of the company. It also means always striving to produce high-quality work, being detail-oriented, enthusiastic and optimistic, responsible and fair.

  1. Loyalty

Does not mean staying in one job until retirement but rather making important contributions and being dedicated while there. Aligned values and goals also breeds loyalty.