This came from an assignment I had recently. After some considered thought, I drew these up, which I think are ample foundations for fleshing out a person for an open position within a company.
1. Resume—Must have experience tailorable to the position being applied for. I don't want a "CEO of MYSELF" in charge of managing store accounts and getting product into the store in a timely, efficient manner.
2. Ability to answer questions—Answering questions reveals a person's preparedness for the job being considered, as well as a willingness to learn what is needed for the job at hand.
3. Honesty—If you can't tell the truth in the interview, how can I trust you to manage the trash disposal, let alone managing the sales floor? Honesty may be such a lonely word, but consider it a qualification: A lot of work is lonely.
4. Punctuality—Being on time expresses a respect for both the job and the co-workers and managers who would have to pick up slack if needed. If I'm tired of waiting for you, then you're fired.
5. Flexibility—A willingness to work different shifts if needed shows a commitment to the job that few other qualities can show. Climbing to the top of the company ladder is contingent upon this quality.
Hope they're good. It's weird sometimes sharing in a public forum the things I come up with in educational environments, but I always remind myself of one of life's great philosophies: "Good gas must freely be shared!"