How a Bad Attitude Hurts the Job Search

How a Bad Attitude Hurts the Job Search
Recently a candidate applied for a job. There was no telephone number listed on his application and he failed to list any skills. When I contacted him via email, he gave me instructions regarding the only way HE would interview for the position. He didn’t do in-person interviews and he did not provide his telephone number. Needless to say, my guess was that he was not too interested in applying.

While some job seekers have a truly elevated sense of self-worth, it’s that type of attitude which will definitely prevent you from getting an interview or the job. You may feel that your experience speaks for itself, but there is so much more to hiring people then what you include on your application. Employers look at a variety of factors when it comes time to making a decision. These factors include: the ability to get along with the interviewer, how the candidate will fit in with the rest of the staff and how will customers view the hire.

It is important to keep your anger and frustration in check when you’re applying for a job and during the interview. It doesn’t matter if you’re mad at your spouse, the kids, the situation or your former employer – keep your emotions and attitude at bay. Find an outlet to relieve yourself of these pent up emotions. They tend to show up on your sleeve when you interview. Prefacing your statements with, “I’m not trying to speak badly about my last boss,” means you’re already speaking bad about your last boss.

Are you angered over the lack of response? Fight the urge to shoot off an email or leave a voicemail giving the hiring manager a piece of your mind. You don’t know the cause for the delay. While it’s true, they may never contact you, you also don’t know if there is a delay in hiring for the position and you were within days of being contacted. Keep nasty and frustrated messages to yourself. You may be doing yourself a favor in the long run.

Keep in mind you are the one seeking the job. You are the one who applied. You may feel that you’re coming across as a go-getter and assertive, you may be viewed as pushy and rude. Keep a bad attitude in check because it may be the difference between you and your next job.


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