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15/12/2016 - Arianna Huffington looks for 2 qualities in new hires

Most people scoring interviews for the job you want arrive armed with knowledge of the industry, smart questions for the interviewer, and a classy outfit.

The question is, how can you go above and beyond, and show the interviewer you're exactly what they've been seeking?

In a Facebook Live interview at Business Insider's annual conference IGNITION, Business Insider asked Arianna Huffington about the qualities she looks for in new hires.

Huffington is the cofounder and former editor of The Huffington Post; she's currently the CEO of startup Thrive Global.

The first quality she mentioned was the confidence to speak up.

"I love working with people who say exactly what's on their minds," she said.

Jenna Lyons, president and executive creative director of J.Crew Group Inc., told Motto earlier this year that she's also impressed when people speak up. "I find it impossible to understand where a person stands if they don't join the conversation," she said.

It's hard to believe there are successful executives looking for employees who don't speak their minds — whether that's during the initial job interview or the regular workday, once you're hired. However, it's rarely lauded as a quality executives are seeking right off the bat.

The second quality Huffington looks for in new employees? The ability to take care of yourself.

"I think it takes a certain person to recognize that, when they take care of themselves, they're going to be better at their jobs," she said.

Read more at Business Insider


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