Hire for Attitude and Train for Skills

I will be making job offers to two applicants very soon. I have open positions that I need to fill in California and Florida, so I have been talking to many applicants over the phone as well as in person. The good news is, I have found some promising candidates in both states that I look forward to adding to my team.

In both cases I have interviewed people that were not a good fit. Sometimes it was due to location or skill level, and other times it was because the applicant said things in the interview that made me concerned.

However, the real reason that I was drawn to these two finalists was because of their Attitude! Both of these guys are the kind of people that you are drawn to and want on your team. They have certain qualities that make them different from other people in a good way.

Here is what I mean by “Hire for Attitude”:

Be Friendly

Both of the applicants that are finalists are very friendly. They smile. They are warm. They even laugh during an interview. They seem comfortable around people.

One of the biggest issues for employers is having team members that can’t get along with other people. Even if you are very skilled, if you can’t get along with other members of a team, you are not a good candidate for a job.

Be Respectful

Again, both of these candidates have been very respectful to me as the hiring manager. Now I don’t mean that they act “subservient”, but they seem to recognize that I am the person who will need to make a decision about a job that they want.

Being respectful has a lot to do with looking out for the needs of the other person. My most recent interview was with an applicant that checked in with me two days before the interview to confirm the date and time. He also sent me a text the morning of the interview to let me know he was on his way. Compare this to an applicant the same day who missed the interview completely and then blew off a rescheduled interview the next morning! Huge difference.

Be Engaged

I need to know if you are interested in the job. You can communicate this by asking questions and by showing enthusiasm for the type of work that is being done by the company.

Both of my recent finalists have shown a great deal of engagement and interest in the job. They clearly want to come work for me and it shows in their attitude.

So, if you are worried that you may not be the most skilled applicant for a position, don’t let that stop you. Do your best to demonstrate a great attitude. This is a powerful quality in any applicant. Most employers will be able to train you for the specific skills that they need. However, it is not easy to change someone’s poor attitude. A great attitude will move you to the top of the list every time!

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About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!