I just read an interesting article about how having the right attitude is more important than ever during job interviews. The article talked about how job candidates used the proper attitude to succeed in interviews where they did not possess all necessary skills or when they were trying to make a career change into a new industry. A fairly bold attitude that showed the willingness to learn from mistakes and to put in extra hard worked impressed employers more than having a 100% match on all skills, but also having a weaker attitude and a weaker work ethic.
No matter what kind of interview you go to, you need to have a good and positive attitude towards the new position and the company you want to work for. Hiring managers will recognize that and a highly motivated candidate that lacks certain qualifications can outperform a candidate that looks better on paper.
Hiring managers are looking for people who are willing to go the extra mile. They are looking for candidates that have a great work ethic and attitude towards work because not only can they expect these people to work hard (and eventually deliver results), they also see the influence a positive attitude of a team member can have to other employees. I am talking about team motivation here. I am not referring to people suddenly being scared of the new guy, but I am talking about employees that get motivated and pulled into the action by these new, highly motivated employees. It can actually be a lot of fun to work together in such a mix and provide results that seemed hard to achieve before.
How does a job winning attitude could articulate itself?
Quote: Could you hear yourself saying … “Sir, my goal is to succeed. I plan to do that by working hard to provide value and service to our clients and my co-workers. I will fall and stumble at times, however I am determined to use these opportunities to learn and improve myself. I would be honored to work with your firm and hope I am blessed with the opportunity?” End Quote
A job candidate that is willing to represent himself or herself in such a manner shows the right attitude to win the interview. If that candidate meets certain parts of the skills required for the job and shows this kind of attitude, hiring managers and business owners are often willing to take the risk and to hire this person. Unless the attitude is faked, this candidate will work very hard to achieve goals. This candidate is going to be extra open to learn new items that are required to do the job. In addition, candidates with this type of work ethic often stay longer (if treated properly by the company) and are not always out looking for a higher paying job. If a company manages to provide an environment where candidates like these can thrive, they often have no issues to retain this talent and are therefore benefiting from taking a (small) risk when hiring this person. Believe it or not, but there are many people out there who prefer to work in an environment that is employee-friendly and allows them to thrive even if they could make a little more money somewhere else.
But be warned – faking a go-getter attitude will not work for very long. You need to live up to the expectations you set when you interviewed for that position or you will find yourself out on the street fairly quickly. Employers do not like being played or cheated on. Be honest and be ready to work hard. Hopefully you hire on with an employer who is willing to recognize hard work and to appreciate those employees by treating them well.