How Important is Attitude in a Job?
January 11, 2011 3:07am CST
I have a seminar at work and it is about attitude. It explains how attitude is important when hiring an employee, but it is quite hard to determine a persons attitude on few details that you gathered during the process of hiring. What I mean is, it is hard to determine the attitude of a person by simply reading his/her resume, or meeting and interviewing a person in one or two times. We had an example where an applicants have an impressive resume, but then you still don't know his attitude, whether he is lazy, funny, hardworking, and other good or bad attitude. Usually, the first impression last on interviewee, but is it wrong? A guy came late for an interview, so this is a bad thing since it will show that the guy is lazy and always tardy, but what if he/she had an acceptable reason why he/she is late? Well knowing a guys attitude really takes time.
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16 Jan 11
Oh yes, attitude is very important! Honestly, I'm pretty good at reading people. I used to screen applicants before they even had a chance to meet with my bosses - they knew I was a good judge of character. It's their body language, the things they say, how they say it . . . you really can tell someone's attitude in a short meeting. I will agree that it's hard to tell on just a resume alone - it's possible they didn't even write the resume themselves. True colors will come out once you get to know a person, but really there isn't time to test that out in a work situation (in most cases) . . . that's why it's important that the person hiring is keen about who they hire. I will say attitude is one thing - having the skills for the job are another - a well balanced potential employee will have both.
17 Jan 11
Then I believe you are an excellent screener.. :) But then, you really do know what's the true attitude of a guy unless you spend time with him. And hiring someone who you barely know, all you know is what you see in the resume is kind a risky. I know most companies are doing this, I suggest a background check from they guy's previous work/s. Attitude is something that is hard to change, as my mother used to say, to me about my kids; "Mold your children with good attitudes on a younger age because as they grow older the harder it takes to mold them." Well I guess you don't have a child applicant in your office. Good Day my friend!
• United States
19 Jan 11
It is interesting how a person's "true colors" comes out after you spend time with them. But what I did was "chat" with these people during these pre-interviews. I think I am quite personable, and most of the time people will feel quite comfortable around me and will talk like "themselves" - not like a job applicant who wants to put up a face just because they need to get this job. It is then that I can tell how this person is like - and I can't necessarily put it in words just "how" I know can tell. Yes, checking their references can help too. Attitude is hard to change - your wise mom had it right! The older you are, the mold is settled in - like cement - ha ha!!
19 Jan 11
You have an excellent way of checking one's attitude my friend. Not sufficient but can be more effective. Making them feel comfortable during conversation can make them show their true attitude. But I'd met some people who really are good in hiding attitudes.
18 Jan 11
A positive attitude towards our job will definnitely bring the best out of any employee. Keeping a good attitude will help an employee improve in his work, will create a better working atmosphere with his collegues and of course will be seen and commended by the higher ups. We work to make a living, but it not necessarily means that we should work without enthusiasm. Working with a good attitude in mind allows us to enjoy the career from which we make a living.
15 Jan 11
i agree with you. attitude steers one's progress at a job. but trying to determine an applicant's work attitude during interviews is not possible. an applicant's responses to some questions in that stage may, in a way, give hints of his/her character, but overall, an applicant can only be truly known once he/she is hired and starts to display his/her real attitude at the work place and in a consistent manner. however, showing professionalism and politeness even during the interview process is also important as this will also create an impression on the interviewer. so to play it safe, applicants should already practice professionalism early on.