Always Show Your Positive Side in Interviews


DiceTV: There’s a saying in the business world: “Hire for attitude. Train for skills.” In other words, if you have a positive outlook and seem a good match for the environment, you’ll have a better chance of being hired — even if you don’t have all the required technical skills and experience.  So how can you develop the mood — and the personality — that prospective employers want.

I’m Cat Miller and this is Dice TV.

If you want to be effective in your job interviews, here are a few things that you can do.

Use positive body language throughout the interview. Smile and offer a firm handshake. Don’t fold your arms, scowl or sit on the edge of your chair when responding to questions. Be appropriately relaxed and make eye contact throughout the session; take notes and nod your head so the interviewer knows you’re listening.

Be positive. Begin each answer with a reassuring “sure” or “absolutely”… because the interviewer will be subliminally swayed by your continued use of positive language and behavior.

If you’re asked a negative question, like what you disliked about your former boss or job, provide a short answer and always end on a positive or upbeat note.

Always show a “can do” attitude. Southwest Airlines, for example, is famous for hiring energetic people with no industry experience as long as they’re pleasant to be around. So avoid negative thoughts before an interview. Even if you’re in a career slump, remain confident by focusing on your prior successes.

Do your homework, and offer the interviewer anecdotes and examples that show why you’re a good match for the company’s culture. Managers gravitate toward people who seem like part of the team even before they accept an offer.

So the bottom line is: Positive, Positive, Positive. If you give off good vibes, chances are great that you will get them back.

I’m Cat Miller, this has been Dice TV, and we now return you to your regular desktop.

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