If you think outstanding references and years of education are the top traits employers are looking for during interviews, think again.
According to a new study by Express Employment Professionals, it turns out the most important thing you need to get where you want to be is a positive attitude. The recent survey found that attitude and integrity are the two top qualities your future bosses want to see. In fact, your attitude toward a future job and employer may be the most important trait to develop if you’re looking for a job.
Developing a Positive Attitude
So, what are some ways to give your attitude a positive boost before, during, and after a job interview? Here are some tips to help you keep your attitude in check:
- Make eye contact. Engage yourself with the interviewer by smiling, relaxing, and showing emotion.
- Be positive. Focus on what you can do and don’t cut yourself down. If the interview asks about your greatest weakness, try to show how it has strengthened you.
- Never complain. Even if your former boss was the worst boss in history, don’t complain. Employers see a bright red flag if your interview is full of criticism, complaints, or excuses.
Showing Integrity and Work Ethic
Let’s assume you have a strong work ethic – how can you show your new, future boss that? These tips can help:
- Be respectful. Show respect to past co-workers and describe positive relationships in your previous job.
- Make a good impression. Show you have a strong work ethic by arriving to your interview on time and prepared.
- Be honest. If you are lacking in certain areas, be honest about it, but stress that you are willing to learn and will go above and beyond to provide the skills the employer needs.
Other Important Interview Traits
These findings came from the 2014 edition of the “America Employed” survey of 115 Express franchises across the nation. The survey asked respondents to rate various traits on a scale of one to five based on how important they are when evaluating applicants.
While skills and job experience were certainly important, the traits respondents rated as most important were attitude (4.53 out of 5), work ethic and integrity (4.52 out of 5), and credible work history (4.07 out of 5). Other traits included:
- Culture fit (4.02)
- Skills (3.85)
- Job experience (3.73)
- References (3.45)
- Education (2.67)
In your experience, did a positive attitude during a job interview result in a job offer? Tell us about it in the comments section below!
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