What Employers Look For In Entry-Level Job Candidates

What Employers Look For In Entry-Level Job Candidates

Millennial Branding and Experience surveyed 225 employers to find out what’s most important to them when they hire students or others for entry-level jobs. “Soft skills” like communication and teamwork were ranked even higher than education, and almost all employers said students should have at least one internship before they graduate.

An internship can be a great way to get a job, especially if you have no relevant experience. 91 per cent of the employers surveyed said students should have between one and two internships under their belt, and those internships should be at least three months long. 82 per cent of the employers said they hire interns for full-time positions, although half of them haven’t hired interns in the last six months.

However, keep in mind that relevant courses and recommendations matter more than internship experience. Grades doesn’t seem to matter as much though.

If you’re looking for an entry-level job, be sure to brush up on your communication skills and prepare to demonstrate your positive attitude, adaptability and teamwork skills. Think of examples from past experience that can show off those critical skills.

Here’s all the survey data in infographic form (click to expand or right-click to save):


Soft skills still outweigh education in entry-level hires: infographic [Econsultancy]


  • Not so relevant to Australia.

    Interns aren’t really hired (at least in Australia), there’s too many hoops to jump through (the University has to pay for indemnity insurance or something).

  • There are certain specialist industries where actual core knowledge (usually acquired in the course of an education) remains top of the list of priorities. You look for the soft skills too, but without the basic knowledge of the field, they’re always going to be behind and no amount of in-house training can make up for that.

  • I understand not all content can be written for Australia, but these kin d of articles should have some form of disclaimer. Just tell me when the survey isnt about Australia, or when the article isnt relevant as much to Australians. Otherwise, why have a .com.au site?

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