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The No. 1 trait most hiring managers look for when interviewing candidates

As companies look to recruit the best and the brightest, most hiring managers say there's a single trait they look for above all in a prospective candidate: Someone who is informed.

In fact, 88 percent of hiring managers say that an informed candidate is the top quality they want when interviewing, according to a recent survey from Glassdoor. The job site surveyed 750 hiring decision-makers in the United States and the United Kingdom as part of the study.

Informed candidates are defined as well-researched, engaged and have the right qualifications, according to the survey.

So how can you show an employer that you're highly informed? Companies look for the following in prospective employees, according to Glassdoor:

  • They're prepared for the interview and ask pertinent questions
  • They demonstrate having the right experience
  • They're knowledgeable about the job role
  • They know about the organization's culture and values
  • They have the right expectations about compensation and benefits

Employers like when candidates show that they're informed because it helps the company save valuable time throughout the hiring process, reduces costs for sourcing and recruiting, improves the overall interview experience and increases management satisfaction.

Companies also look to hire informed candidates because they help reduce turnover, increase productivity, improve business and increase engagement, according to Glassdoor.

Lori Goler, Facebook's vice president of people, discusses the importance of being an informed candidate in an interview with Glassdoor. She suggests that potential interviewees learn about Facebook's company culture and do their research prior to the interview. That means taking the time to thoroughly read up on the business for up-to-date insight on what's important to the company.

Miriam Park, director of Amazon's university recruiting, says the same in an interview with CNBC Make It. The retail giant places a huge emphasis on being customer-centric, she says, and a candidate who has done his or her research will know this.

Along with proving you researched the company, Park says it's vital that you focus on "how you have owned a role and moved the needle forward, demonstrated curiosity and where you have solved a problem."

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