The Insider's Guide To Job Search
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Attitudes, Values &
By Kevin T.
Attitudes, Values & Feelings
Why is one person chosen over another
when both may have relatively equal qualifications and experience?
Very often, a hiring decision is
influenced by how the interviewer/s feel about the person that they
select. After all of the testing, panel interviewing, assessment and
evaluation it can simply boil down to the decision-maker's gut
feeling. What influences that gut-feeling invariably goes back to
the attitudes and values that were expressed in the first and
subsequent meetings - first impressions count.
Employers not only want to believe that
you can do the job and have the knowledge and experience to handle
the challenges that may arise, they want to believe that you will
fit the team. They also want to see reflected in you those attitudes
and values that they feel comfortable with. An employer wants to
reduce the chance of friction between team members and will look for
people who harmonize with the workgroup's ethics and team spirit. In
addition, there may be a broader corporate personality or image by
which a firm is perceived in the marketplace and the hiring manager
may look for attitudes and values that mirror that image in the
How do you determine whether or not your
own attitudes and values are in harmony with those of the potential
Ask what attitudes and values the
interviewer feels are necessary to do the job and fit the team.
If they have different expectations than what you have to offer in
terms of attitudes and values it is best to know this at the
beginning. You won't help yourself in the long-term by pretending to
be what they want.
You do not want to leave an interview
with the employer having a neutral attitude towards you. Your task
in the first interview is to sell yourself effectively. The general
traits that most interviewers from the inexperienced to the veteran
look for is a positive view towards one's work, co-workers,
superiors and a sense of energy or enthusiasm to achieve and
accomplish goals. A positive attitude is essential to making a good
first impression. The interviewer should be interested in having you
back for a second meeting.
It is helpful to remember that the first
few minutes of a meeting between strangers is a time when
impressions are formed and a sense of identification or being on
common ground with the applicant is decided. It is crucial to
success that you express your personality and character through the
initial greeting using your words, eye contact and positive body
language, using all three to convey who you are to the interviewer.
Don't make the mistake of being too aggressive thinking that you
have to take control of the discussion. Also, avoid being too
relaxed as this may be perceived as nonchalance or lack of interest.
You need to be yourself and confidently field the questions put to
you. You are presenting yourself to a potential buyer and you need
to know what you have to offer. It is a good idea to practice with
another person until you have a rhythm established in how you
explain your experience and qualifications. The tone that you convey
is equally important as the information that you pass along to the
You will make a positive impression if
you tell the interviewer what is important to you in building
successful working relationships with superiors and co-workers. It
indicates that you know what you seek in joining forces with a
company and what you are prepared to offer in return. Tell the
interviewer how you worked with other people and how you intend to
conduct business in the future.
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