5 Ways Attitude Will Hinder Your Job Search

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5 Ways Attitude Will Hinder Your Job Search

 14th Mar 2016


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Speaking to thousands of candidates every year we’ve heard just about every reason to look for a new job imaginable. However for all the colour and variety, the core argument for leaving their current employment usually falls into one of the following categories:

Working Environment
Travel / Commute

Whilst all very valid, the individual’s attitude will govern how those reasons are communicated. You can be the most qualified candidate on the market but if you are searching for a role or attending an interview with the wrong attitude, you can forget about securing one.

Your current situation and the search for a new role can be demoralising and frustrating but maintaining a positive outlook will ultimately be the key to your success.

Here are the top 5 attitudes we come across that that can hinder job searches:

  1. Arrogance

ShowoffThere is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. An interview is an opportunity for you to highlight your achievements and demonstrate evidence backed value. You should talk confidently about your successes but also be humble enough to acknowledge your place in the overall team.

Depending on the role and the hiring manager, some potential employees can walk the line between bragging and confidence with the skill of a tightrope walker with great success. Whilst a small number of hiring managers may respond positively to a show of bravado, the majority will not.

Have faith in your abilities and be proud of your achievements but remember if you’re not the right fit for the culture, all the experience, skills or past success won’t get you the job. Behave like you would be an asset, not a gift.

  1. Negativity

NegativityArguably more damaging than arrogance: negativity will drain the energy out of you job search and any room you walk in to. It will bleed into the pages of your CV and be heard in your words on the phone and during interviews.

Don't let yourself to be disheartened. Treat every new application and every interview as a fresh start and an opportunity to stand out from the crowd.

Help yourself by going for roles that you really want and would be happy doing. Under no circumstances should you pursue a role just because it gets you out of where you are currently, you'll only find yourself in the same position in 6 months time. 

Furthermore, never bad mouth the company you currently work for. Your interview should not be used as a forum to vent your frustrations. Be professional.

  1. Indifference

IndifferenceThe bedfellow of Negativity, indifference can set in surprisingly quickly in a job search, especially if you don't have a clear idea of what you’re looking for or the right people to support you.

Being pro-active is vital to the process as looking for a new role is not a passive experience: there’s a lot of research, applications, following up etc. Whilst we do the majority of that for you, it’s still important for you to follow up on applications, thoroughly prepare for interviews, feedback after interviews and send a thank you note to the interviewer. Sitting back and waiting only communicates a lack of interest even if that couldn’t be further from the truth.

  1. Hostility

ConfrontationWhilst it should be universally understood: don’t be confrontational. Whether you’re writing a covering letter, speaking to a recruiter, in an interview or replying to an email, you should always be positive, upbeat, considered and polite.

Equally hostility towards questions will send up red flags. Some questions are designed to challenge your knowledge or track record to determine how you respond to differing views or conflicts, it's not personal. Regardless hostility can lead a talent delivery consultant or interviewers to conclude you have a confrontational personality or you have something to hide.

Moreover, your future employer wants an approachable, motivated and sociable team player, not a prickly, standoffish and frosty individual who will create conflict. If you are someone who has a shorter fuse than others identify ways to keep your cool in those high pressure situations. Finally, make conversation, be interested in your interviewers as individuals and never underestimate the power of a smile. 

  1. Rudeness

LanguageRudeness takes on many forms. Arriving late, especially if you haven’t called ahead, is a prime example. Attending an interview looking anything less than your best is highly disrespectful. Bad language, bad personal habits, interrupting when others are speaking, being needlessly abrupt or mocking are all guaranteed ways to ruin your chances of getting the job. 

How you behave towards potential future colleagues, be they the receptionist or the managing director, speaks volumes about your character. Treating everyone with respect and dignity regardless of their position or their place in the recruitment chain will only count in your favour.

Remember, there’s more to getting the job than skills and experience. Hiring managers have more than a check list of requirements to consider when weighing you against other potential employees. Drive, enthusiasm, commitment and positivity are as important as qualifications or years on the job.

For additional advice and guidance on landing your new role, check out our Candidate Toolkit.

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