Adopt This Perspective To Increase The Chances Of Getting An Offer
In the span of a year, the world has seen skyrocketing unemployment rates. Add to the rapid closure of conventional businesses the blooming of new industry, and you’ve got a landscape for hiring that’s a far sight different from what it used to be. Job seekers can no longer be complacent in maintaining a selfish mindset, with personal proactivity alone doing zilch to improve your chances of landing an offer. We’ll be explaining to you the most beneficial perspective to adopt for every job interview to boost your shot of getting hired.
Slipups, shakiness, and “incorrect” answers to interview questions don’t cost you jobs – your attitude does. A job seeker with the right attitude will be able to recover from anything and still leave a fantastic impression. In fact, it’s how you carry yourself through the ups and downs that determine how you’re remembered or if you’re kept in mind at all.
Before you continue preparing for a moment more, stop and refocus on this core ideal – As the ideal candidate, your number one goal is to make the job of every person in the interview process easier. Preparing your answers from this point of view will ensure that you’re clearly showing value. There’s no better way to present yourself as an asset.
Let’s use Faith as an example.
Faith has been a full-time software developer at an established, large firm for six years and has seen little growth despite excelling. She interviews for a Software Development Manager position at a booming start-up, and her potential boss asks her “How do you see yourself making an immediate impact in the workplace?”
After composing herself and re-centering after the initial confusion of the way the question was presented, Faith is back on track and ready to show how she’d make her boss’s job easier.
Faith answers “I will use my experience leading under the SLII leadership model to restructure our teams working toward maximum efficiency. In this way, reprioritization will simplify reporting to upper management while effectively working through backlogs and raising productivity. This is the same situational approach that I used to lead my current company to take the illustrious TiE50 award just a few years ago.”
Reference yourself in practical, at-work examples explaining how you would add value to the company, department, or team by making your superior’s job easier. By referencing yourself in narratives that explain how you think, act and do once employed, there’s no room left for guess-work which immediately makes a memorable impression. Cite your leadership style, problem-solving approach, and priorities.
Seizing opportunities before you by holding the right attitude and mindset is only half the battle. Ask your interviewer how the person filling the role can make their job easier. Proactively enquiring how you can better serve the company is a clear indication that you’re focused on the enterprise as a whole, instead of selfishly seeking out another stepping stone towards your goals.
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Reflect on these ten questions to shape the optimal mindset to impress with every interview:
- Am I eager?
- Am I sincere?
- Am I uplifting?
- Am I proactive?
- Am I collaborative?
- Am I flexible?
- Am I attentive?
- Am I practical?
- Am I clear?
- Am I confident?
The more you can show your personality and skills in action, the more weight your claims and qualifications hold in the eyes of a prospective employer.
It should go without saying, but truth and transparency are the only way to make any progress. This simple truth extends to the questions that you ask. Finding out more information about how you can make the lives of those around you easier is a sure-fire route to success but only if you’re being honest. Insincerity is easy to detect, most often going unmissed and ruining your shot for good. Prepare yourself by thinking about how you’d act once employed beforehand.
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No one should go into any interview with a cookie-cutter approach to answering questions but contemplating your demonstrable value in practical situations is a great way to give yourself the perspective needed to clearly convey worth. Shaping a mindset set on success will empower you more than you ever thought possible.
The words of the renowned leadership expert and bestselling author, Robin S. Sharma perhaps say it best:
“Leadership is a mindset that shifts from being a victim to creating results. Any one of us can demonstrate leadership in our work and within our lives.”