As an employer, you may be looking for a very specific job candidate for the coming year. You may be expecting a professional who can step into the role or job opening you have and provide you with excellent productivity from the start. What are other hiring managers and employers looking for employees to have this coming year? You may be impressed with what other human resource managers are doing to ensure every job candidate they bring in is the very best for the job.#1 – Job Applicants Need Critical ThinkingIn a challenge economic condition, many companies are pushing to ensure that job applicants can be top notch when it comes to critical thinking and problem solving. If something goes wrong, does the employee simply seek out the boss for help? Many employers are focusing instead on the strengths and weaknesses of candidates in this area.#2 – They Are Active ListenersAre you searching for job applicant that are active listeners? That is, these individuals put forth their full attention when you speak to them and they work to ask questions as necessary? They are able to do their job because they’ve invested in the time to listen to you without interrupting you.#3 – They Have IT SkillsWhen it comes to job skills, IT skills, even basic computer skills are not an option any longer. Most hiring managers expect competent job applicants who can simply handle most programs and applications without needing basic training, especially industry specific programs and tools.#4 – They Effectively Monitor ThemselvesThis is not in a management style way, but rather in an effective manner for job advancement. For example, the best employees assess their own performance and make changes to better achieve their long term career goals. As a hiring manager, you may be looking for the self-motivated individual.#5 – They Are Sound Decision MakersYet another key quality many hiring managers are looking for in 2013 is the job applicant who can make good decisions. On the job decision making skills take time to develop and most companies don’t have a lot of time to invest in the process. They need a ready staff to provide for the most cost effective, customer-centric decision making skills from the start.Do any of these job skills ring home as must haves for your organization? When it comes to staffing your company, many human resource managers are expecting more because it has become far too difficult to manage those who do not possess the right skill set.