Past IssuesNovember 02, 2015
Your 'Attitude of Gratitude' Before The Job Interview
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Attitude of Gratitude Before The Interview
By Jimmy Sweeney, President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new, Job Interview "Secret"
According to Charles Schwab, founder of The Charles Schwab Corporation, an American brokerage and banking company in San Francisco, California, "The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement."
And 19th century American writer, Minna Antrim, said this: "Gratitude is the rosemary of the heart."
It takes so little to utter a few words of praise, thanksgiving, and encouragement and yet too few of us put such words at the top of our list when it comes to personal and professional relationships. We often wait till Thanksgiving Day -- but that only occurs once a year!
When it comes to a job interview, candidates typically are looking at what will benefit them, how to win the position, how to feel empowered, how to get the coveted salary, etc. But a simple shift in your thinking from 'what can I get' to 'what can I give' will turn things in your favor immediately.
Nine Ways to Create an Attitude of Gratitude
G = Give the hiring manager what he or she is looking for: specific examples of how you can support the company, help increase revenue, and improve employee relations on the job. Express your appreciation for the opportunity to share your qualifications.
R = Relate to him or her as an individual who has the same life challenges and responsibilities as the next person. Avoid putting on an 'act' to impress. Be yourself. That is always more than sufficient and will show humility and a grateful heart.
A = Ask for the job -- politely, confidently, with poise and thanks. Remember, it's okay to speak up as long as you are thankful and kind in your approach.
T = Trust yourself and the interviewer to come to an agreement that will be best for both you and the company. If you are right for the job you'll get it. If not, then something better is waiting for you. You can be grateful for that.
I = Invite the hiring manager into your 'space,' meaning show your strengths and weaknesses. Tell the truth, how you have improved situations in your work life and that you are grateful to have learned from your mistakes. You'll come across as a human being who can be counted on in good times and in bad.
T = Think before you speak and listen to what the hiring manager has to say. Express appreciation for the opportunity to bid for the job. Humility and gratefulness go hand-in-hand.
U = Understand what you're getting into. Do your homework ahead of time by finding out some key factors about the company. This will also help you determine whether or not this is an environment that suits your ability and your personality. You'll appreciate whatever you learn from this research.
D = Decide ahead of time how you will respond to questions and challenges that may come up during the interview. Will you remain grateful and respectful for the opportunity regardless of the outcome? Keep in mind that how you behave in the moment will affect your future.
E = Encourage the hiring manager by letting him or her know that you are thankful for simply being able to interview for the job and to be considered. Then follow up with a handwritten note of thanks.
"It takes so little to be above average," says national speaker and author Florence Littauer. Yet so few people make even this small effort. These simple steps, however, if you take them, will raise you up and you will walk out of your interview a better person -- whether or not you win the job.
About the Author
Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "Secret Career Document"job landing system. Jimmy is also the author of several career related books and writes a monthly article titled, "Tough Times Job Tips."
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