I’m always telling my kids that it’s the attitude that counts the most. Unfortunately, many people begin their job search discouraged or angry about their employment situation – and frankly, it shows! They’re defeated and unable or unwilling to move on. Negative attitudes that begin deep within the soul surface and influence everything and everyone in its path, affecting their ability to find a job. Most people would like to believe that their skills and achievements alone will get them that next position, but that’s not the case. In a competitive job market, employers are looking for interpersonal skills in addition to the actual skills needed for the position. If they think you are going to be a difficult or “high-maintenance” employee, they will move on to the next candidate. Leo Tolstoy once said, “We lost, because we told ourselves we lost”.
When you check yourself in the mirror one last time before walking out the door, take a moment to check the attitude too! You’re qualified for the position; otherwise you wouldn’t have been invited for the interview. You have a lot to offer your prospective employer and you’ll make a great asset to the company! Lastly, envision yourself working for the company. Remember, attitude is everything!