Featured: The number one thing employees look for? A positive attitude.
“I’ve been through hiring people in many different situations, particularly young people. The number one thing I always look for is attitude. A positive, can-do attitude that communicates, ‘I can be useful, I want to help, I don’t care if the work is glamorous’ is really important. Here’s something that young people should know: there’s a lot of research that pretty much proves that almost every interview is over in the first 15 seconds. The person doing the interviewing makes up their mind about the job candidate within the first 15 seconds, or sometimes even within the first five seconds. So say to yourself, if that’s true, what are they using to make their decision? It’s not your resumé, your grades, or any of that kind of stuff; it’s how you communicate your approach to life—whether you’re enthusiastic, whether you look them in the eye; whether you have a good handshake. They’re looking at how you appear, how you’re dressed. You don’t have to have a coat and tie on, but do try to be neat and clean. Human beings have evolved to make quick decisions based upon not only the words that are said, but how they’re said, how the speaker looks, what kind of impression his or her body language makes, etc. It’s just a fact, and it’s important to know that when you go into an interview. It’s all about your attitude.”