During the “12 Days of Kforce” series, we will offer 12 days of job seeker advice from 12 different Kforce associates. From cover letter advice to follow-up tips, we hope to gift you with the knowledge to secure a new career this holiday season!
On the first 'Day of Kforce'
From our staffing company,
The ONE thing employers want to see.
With an abundance of job seekers vying to get hired, the competition in today’s market can be fierce. Sometimes, being qualified simply isn’t enough. Today, you can’t only rely on your skills or education to stand out; rather, you should prove that you are an all-around fit and a well-rounded candidate for the job. Hiring managers may have the luxury of being picky, but what exactly are they looking for? ATTITUDE!
Rich Weede, Director of Internet Operations at Kforce, says “A candidate, who may not have the most experience or requirements, can be trained to learn what they lack. However, a candidate who possesses all the experience and requirements but lacks the appropriate demeanor for the organization, may rarely get the job offer.” A common phrase we hear in recruiting is “hire for attitude, train for skill”.
Keep these tips in mind when you enter your interview:
- Do your best to evoke enthusiasm for this opportunity, motivation to move forward in your career, and passion for your industry
- Discuss ideas for your new role, explain the direction you see your career going in the future and mention steps you have taken to be seen as an expert in your field
- You can even mention any advanced training you’ve had or articles where your work has been featured
It is also important to show how you can be a fit with the organization’s culture. If you know someone who worked there, contact them for intel. If you aren’t directly connected to the company, do some research on their website and social pages to look for answers to the following questions:
- Are they active in the community?
- Have they won recent awards?
- What are their missions/values?
- Do they promote work/life balance?
If you can’t find anything, pay attention to the vibes and attitudes of your interviewer and ask them about their company culture.
At the end of the day, it’s all about how you balance your enthusiasm for the job with the skills you possess. Don’t discount the importance of your attitude during your interview; after all, it may be what finally gets you the job!
Stay tuned for Day 2!