As you get ready to submit your application or even prepare for an interview, your mind can be flooded with questions. What is the company really looking for? What questions will the hiring manager ask? Will I have the skills required to fit this position? Will my experience be enough? The list goes on. Those questions indeed have their place, but we, as an employment firm, want to encourage you and hopefully relieve some of your stress. Your character and attitude play a far bigger role in your next job than you might expect.
You see, the approach to the hiring process is beginning to change. As recent studies have shown, and many managers can confirm, technical skills are no longer the defining predictor of job success. Just because a candidate knows how to use a certain software program, handle a budget, or execute a task does not mean he or she will be content in the new position; the right skills won’t automatically result in a direct hire.
But stay with us. This is helpful information! Character and attitude seem to play the strongest role in employee success, not aptitude. And attitude is more than positive compliance in completing job responsibilities. Employers are also looking to your specific values and personality traits to see if they will be a match for their coworkers, superiors, clients, and subordinates. Especially after the first round of candidate selection, employers are no longer asking if an applicant can do the job. They’re now asking: how well will he or she fit in here? Does the candidate share our work ethic? Is he or she collaborative and driven like we are? Is he or she open to new ideas or purely work by-the-book? Is this candidate’s personality right for the team?
Once the pool of applicants has been narrowed to include only those who possess the necessary skill sets, attitude-oriented questions will come into play to bring about better results during screening and selection. As each candidate is reviewed, the managers may remove some of the skill-focused inquiries and replace them with questions like these:
- This job may involve (insert the most challenging or unpleasant aspect of the position) on a regular basis. How do you feel about that?
- Describe interpersonal conflict you’ve experienced in the workplace. How did you respond?
- What is your favorite aspect of this line of work? How about your least favorite?
- Have you ever worked with a team that failed to meet its goals or deadlines? What did you learn from this experience and how have you applied those lessons?
- When you have the option, which do you typically enjoy more: working with a team in a cooperative manner or engaging in personal competition?
- Are you sometimes frustrated by questions with no single correct answer and problems with no single resolution? Or do you find these situations enjoyable?
When answering questions like these, try and make your answers as genuine, positive and as reaffirming as possible. Being comfortable with these types of questions will put you in the right mindset for your interview, even relieve some of your nervous jitters. But more importantly, assertive answers will demonstrate to the managers why you are a great choice for their company. If you can showcase your professional skills with an optimistic attitude, you are bound to find the company that is the right fit for your expertise and personality.
For more examples, contact the experts at Palmer Group. Whether you are a candidate looking for a new position or a client seeking a new hire, we’ll give you the tools you need in your career journey!