You’ve often heard the question: “Do you have what it takes to get the job?” But what hiring managers really want to know is, “Do you have the right traits to get the job?”

For the fifth consecutive year, hiring managers say attitude outranks skill, especially when it comes to personal ethics. This year, they ranked integrity the most important trait job seekers at every level should possess, according to hiring managers surveyed in Career Advisory Board’s 2015 Job Preparedness Indicator.

The Career Advisory Board, established by DeVry University, annually surveys 500 U.S. hiring managers to identify gaps between job candidate attributes and the traits hiring managers are seeking.

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This year, the survey uncovered the following insights based on responses from hiring managers:

  • Integrity matters, but making a good impression, adaptability and eagerness to learn are all essential candidate traits hiring managers are looking for in candidates.
  • Hiring managers are increasingly willing to consider candidates who are changing industries and roles, with 38 percent stating they were very likely to consider a career changer with the right skills.
  • But lack of industry experience and an inability to assimilate into organizational culture are hiring managers’ top concerns. Career changers can better their chances of serious consideration by having a clear and sensible explanation for the industry move.

The report here summarizes the 2015 Job Preparedness Indicator survey and outlines recommendations for career changers and job seekers to prepare for employment.

Alexandra Levit is a Career Advisory Board member whose goal it is to help people succeed in meaningful jobs, and to build relationships between organizations and top talent. Career Advisory Board was established by DeVry University and is comprised of leading representatives from business and academia, and recognized career experts who deliver valuable insights on today’s most important career trends and provide actionable advice for job seekers.

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