So, you’ve found a job offer that is perfect for you and done the interview, but in the end you’re not selected. This leaves you wondering why. Not enough experience? Insufficient training or education? Languages? Don’t be surprised if the recruiter says that your attitude is not a good match for the company.  Don’t worry! In this article we’ll share with you the secrets to ensuring your attitude is correct, making you the ideal candidate for hiring companies.

There’s no denying that training and experience are key when it comes to landing a job, but nowadays employers are looking beyond that. During an interview, the recruiter will ask you not only the traditional questions about where you studied or what you did in your last job, but also specific questions that will help determine if you really have the attitudes needed to fill the position.

While you’re with the recruiter, it is important that you highlight all of your attitudes, skills, values and, above all, personal motivations, since they can sometimes play a more important role than your skills during the final selection process.

For example, the most important qualities that businesses look for in candidates include:

  • A positive attitude
  • Teamwork
  • Willingness to learn
  • Flexibility/ability to adapt to changes
  • Leadership
  • Communication and/or analytical skills
  • Motivation
  • Responsibility at work
  • Commitment to the project and the team
  • Initiative

It is essential that you determine which attitudes are most important for the post you intend to fill. For example, if the job opening is for a position in the sales, communication or marketing department, your communication skills will be essential. But, if you want to fill a vacancy in the finance department, your ability to analyse data is one aspect that you should highlight.

However, what companies are looking for in a candidate, beyond specific skills sets and irrespective of the job opening, is motivation and commitment as these attitudes have a direct impact on the company’s productivity.

On the other hand, the qualities that raise red flags for companies, and therefore should be avoided during an interview, include passiveness, individualism, behaviours that create distrust and, of course, any negative attitudes that will not be beneficial for the team or the department in the future.

Remember that it’s not a question of changing your personality or who you are, but rather of taking advantage of the qualities that you already have as these are the best way for you to present yourself for a job opening.

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