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As you prepare for interviews, it’s important to take into consideration what recruiters in most cases prioritize (different characteristics and attributes). By being aware of these silent attributes, you can better prepare for interviews and present yourself in a way that aligns with what recruiters create a good impression.

The following are some of the key attributes:

1. Non-verbal cues (Body Language): 

Recruiters pay attention to the interviewee’s body language, including posture, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact. Maintaining good posture and making appropriate gestures indicate confidence and professionalism. It is used to gauge the interviewee’s level of interest and engagement. 

2. Attention to detail:

Recruiters value candidates who pay meticulous attention to details and can spot errors or discrepancies when it comes to tasks or processes. This trait is often evaluated through hypothetical scenarios or by examining the interviewee’s resume and application materials.

3. Confidence: 

Recruiters look for candidates who display confidence in their abilities and can effectively communicate their ideas and experiences.

4. Active listening: 

Effective communication involves active listening. Recruiters pay attention to whether interviewees attentively listen to questions, ask clarifying questions, and respond thoughtfully. This demonstrates engagement and effective communication skills.

5. Interpersonal skills: 

Effective interpersonal skills like the ability to communicate, collaborate with others, and build rapport. Conflict resolution, teamwork, and strong interpersonal abilities are important considerations.

6. Ability to Follow Instructions: 

How well the interviewee follows instructions during the interview process can give insights into their attention to detail and ability to adhere to guidelines.

7. Cultural Fit: 

The recruiters assess the candidates’ potential fit within the company’s culture by observing how candidates align with the organization’s values, mission, and overall work environment to ensure they will thrive and integrate well into the team.

8. Adaptability and problem-solving: 

Employers seek candidates who can adapt to new situations and solve problems independently. During interviews, recruiters assess how candidates handle unexpected or challenging questions, their ability to think critically, and how they approach problem-solving.

9. Emotional intelligence: 

Employers value candidates with high emotional intelligence. They look for individuals who demonstrate self-awareness, empathy, and the ability to manage emotions effectively. This trait is essential for teamwork, conflict resolution, and building positive relationships.

10. Enthusiasm and Passion: 

Genuine enthusiasm for the role and the company can be infectious. A passionate interviewee demonstrates a strong interest in the position and the opportunity to contribute to the position at hand.

11. Time Management: 

Being punctual and respectful of the interviewer’s time reflects a candidate’s organizational skills and reliability. As you answer questions, endeavor to be direct to the point but also, offer simple explanations.

12. Confidence: 

Recruiters look for candidates who display confidence in their abilities and can effectively communicate their ideas and experiences without struggling. 

13. Professional appearance:

Recruiters observe how candidates present themselves including their attire, body language, and overall demeanor. A neat and appropriate appearance indicates that the interviewee takes the interview seriously and is respectful of the process. If you can, avoid strap-bars, open shoes, over makeup, long fingernails, untidy and long hair.

14. Motivation and Ambition: 

Recruiters want a person who demonstrates a strong drive to accomplish goals and continually improve themselves. They thus inquire about your achievements and goal-setting to assess your characteristics.

15. Leadership potential: 

Even for non-leadership positions, recruiters often look for individuals who demonstrate leadership qualities such as initiative, taking responsibility, and influencing others positively.

16. Teamwork and collaboration: 

The ability to work effectively with others and contribute to a team’s success is essential in most roles. Recruiters assess this through an interviewee’s past team experiences and how they describe their collaborative skills.

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