A little thing that makes a BIG difference! Your attitude plays a pivotal role in the interview and sets the stage for your success. Even though you have the requisite skills and abilities to do the job, it is equally important to know that employers are also evaluating how you will fit into the work environment there. In fact, employers say that 58% of applicants do not get the job in the first interview based on their attitude. Remember, your message is conveyed not only by what you say, but how you say it and what your body language is saying.

What is the simplest most important thing you can do to ensure a positive attitude?

To portray a positive attitude you must:

  • Remember to be friendly to all employees from the moment you enter company property - they may discuss you openly once you leave.
  • Have a “can do” mentality.
  • Show enthusiasm.
  • Express your motivation to work for this particular company.
  • Steer clear of negative words.
  • Give non-defensive answers to questions and use a positive tone of voice.
  • Communicate that you are flexible and adaptable.
  • Be sincere and honest.

Body Language/Non-verbal Behavior

People communicate with more than just words, revealing a great deal about unspoken thoughts and feelings through body language. In the interview situation, remember to pay attention to what your body is communicating.
  • Demonstrate good eye contact.
  • Be aware of what your body position and gestures are communicating.
  • Use a variety of positions and gestures to appear dynamic; show interest by slightly leaning forward.
  • Be aware of facial expressions.
  • Avoid nervous or repetitive gestures.
  • Smile and it's okay to laugh!

Questions that demonstrate your attitude:

  • Why do you want to work here?
  • Why did you leave your last job?
  • How soon can you start?

If you were in an interview today, how would the employer view your attitude?