Believe it or not, hiring managers are people too and the same personality traits and people skills that work in all other aspects of life apply to the job search. We have a natural positive response to people who are trustworthy, receptive, comfortable, and interested. Just because you are applying for a job doesn’t mean that these things no longer matter. Treat your job search similarly to how you approach other social interactions and improve your chances of being hired.
Hiring managers are like any other person and, more than a pretty phrase, this idea has a practical basis.
Reasons attractive people traits matter in the workplace:
Teamwork goes smoothly when people have natural or built rapport.
Money needs to be in trustworthy hands.
Listening skills help employees follow direction and understand the company’s goals.
Goals are achieved when people are invested in them.
Customers/clients respond to harmonious, considerate people.
Shine in your resume and job interview by accentuating basic people skills.
Trust is important. Stick close to the truth so you can give believable and heartfelt answers. Focus on highlighting your real attributes rather than making up fake ones to get the job. Take risks with being honest. Sometimes people get hired for admitting human things like they have a life outside of work or they aren’t always in the mood to schmooze customers. Telling how you deal with times when it is hard to put on the happy face or what kind of job fits your lifestyle can be a big win with the right hiring manager. Base the likelihood of whether they will respond well to this idea on their personality, attitude, and questions, as well as what you can glean about the corporate culture. Some hiring managers actually ask questions to inspire you to share this sort of information.
Listening skills win everywhere. Make eye contact in as normal of a fashion as possible. Refer back to things they said or tell stories about something they bring up. Use similar wording and ideas as the ones they use without stepping outside your own comfort zone(this goes back to the trust point above).
An invested employee is a powerful thing and any employer should be extremely grateful to get their hands on such a person. Do your research ahead of time and use things you learn about the business to tweak your resume and job interview answers accordingly while remaining true to yourself. Ask questions, as this demonstrates an active interest in the job. Particularly ask questions about what their expectations will be, what projects the company is currently working on, and what goals you can set for yourself if hired.
The trickiest skill in life or with a hiring manager is striking that balance between being confident without being pushy, but that difficulty doesn’t make it any less important. Concentrate on being pleasant while remaining honest. Use those listening skills as well as demonstrating your investment in the business because these methods go far with anyone. Follow the lead of the hiring manager. If they talk to you in a more relaxed manner, do likewise. If they joke, joke back. Unless you are applying to a job where the company has asked for aggressive people like they might for cold-calling, err more on the side of quietness. It works better to work up to more personality if they seem to like it rather than reversing the personality in full swing.
Personality is extremely important because it is so interwoven with the job. Your personality determines what kind of employee you are and how you deal with fellow co-workers and managers. A person with great facts on their resume may be held back by a poor or ill-fitting personality while a person with a great personality may demonstrate much more important traits about themselves than what they can list on their resume. Build yourself and represent yourself honestly. It’s best for you and for the business.