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What Employers Want – Age 11-14
If you go for a job interview it is important to be prepared.

What Employers Want – Age 11-14

The further pupils progress through school, the more focus is given to the world of work and further education in PSHE lessons. In this quiz, written for KS3 children in years 7, 8, and 9, we look at the skills and attributes that employers value in every kind of job.

Different jobs require different skills and qualifications. Some require university degrees, and others require vocational qualifications. There are some jobs which need no qualifications at all. However, no matter what the position, every employer wants their workforce to heave certain attributes. Ones which cannot be gained by study.

The ten questions below will see how well you understand what employers want. Keep in mind that the ideal employee gets on with their colleagues, enjoys their work, and does it well.

Which of these should you aim to do at an interview?
Use swear words
Criticise a former employer
Use slang words
Be polite
In some jobs it is OK to swear and use slang words. However, when you are at an interview you need to be on your best behaviour. If it appears that you are impolite you will not get the job.
You hate your current job and manager so you apply for another job. At your interview they ask why you want to leave your current job. Which answer would be best received?
I don’t like my boss
My current job is boring
I’m looking for a new challenge
I want more money
If you say that you do not like your current boss then a potential employer will think you may feel the same if you work for them. If you describe your job as boring then they will think that you have a negative attitude towards work. If you say you want more money, they may think you have no interest in their company apart from the money it can give you. Saying that you want a new challenge is a more positive way to put it.
Which of the following would be preferred by an employer?
Someone who wants to a director of the company in time
Someone who wants to be a manager in time
Someone who wants to stay with the company for a long time
Someone who is happy to stay in their current role
Ambition and self-motivation are highly valued by employers. Workers who wish to go far generally put more effort into their work, and are keen to learn new things. Both of these are welcome attributes.
Four potential employees attend an interview. They are all equally qualified but one is nervous, one is shy, one is confident, and one is timid. Which person is most likely to be offered the job?
The shy one
The nervous one
The timid one
The confident one
Job interviews can be daunting but if you want the interviewer to believe in you first you must believe in yourself. Keeping eye contact and giving a firm handshake will help with this.
When you are at work a problem arises. What should you do?
Ignore it and hope it goes away
Find your manager and ask what to do
Try to solve the problem
Find your manager and ask them to solve it
Employers and managers are busy people. They want their workforce to show initiative and to solve problems themselves.
John is asked to attend an interview at 10 AM. He arrives at 10:05 and has forgotten his CV and his references. Why is he unlikely to be offered the job?
Because he was late
Because he has shown a lack of preparation
Because he has no references
Because he has no CV
John should have made sure that he arrived on time and had all the documents he needed with him. Because he was not prepared for the interview it is unlikely he would be prepared for the job.
Which of these people would an employer most want to hire?
One who refuses to accept blame for their mistakes
One who leaves work early if they can
One who claims all the credit when things go well
One who reports fellow employees to their manager
Leaving early is never a good option. Neither is refusing to acknowledge your mistakes. Success at work is usually a team effort so one person who claims all the credit would not be a good team player. Reporting fellow employees might not be popular with them, but managers appreciate being made aware of members of the workforce who may be slacking.
When faced with a stressful and pressurised situation, how would the ideal employee react?
By worrying
By remaining calm
By getting angry
By giving up
Most jobs can be stressful at times. How we deal with that stress is important. No employer wants to see their workforce being angry or worrying. They want employees who can cope with stress and not lose their cool
Which of these is the better employee?
Someone who can talk to anybody if they need to
Someone who keeps to themselves
Someone who is always talking to their colleagues
Someone who gets angry with their colleagues
Employers want their workers to get on well with each other. This means that they must be able to communicate effectively. Someone who never speaks will not be able to do this. Someone who is constantly chatting may put others off their work. And someone who gets angry is not a good employee at all.
Your boss tells you that your role has changed and the job you will be doing is different to the one you applied for. How should you respond?
By complaining that you don’t want to do that job
By embracing the new role and wanting to do it well
By grudgingly learning the new role
By refusing to do a job different to the one you applied for
The world of work is constantly changing. Employers want their workers to be able to adapt to these changes. For example, you may be asked to work in a different department, or to take on extra duties. Your boss will want you to be happy to do this.
Author:  Graeme Haw

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