Employers will notice a positive attitude and a willingness to do anything for the company. It can be difficult to spot whiners during interviews. You may be fooled into believing they are a team player by their cheery façade.
These are some interview questions that you should ask.
A candidate who has a positive attitude sees obstacles as temporary and something that can be overcome.
A person with a positive outlook embraces changes and doesn’t mind being pushed outside of their comfort zone.
Questions that ask candidates how they relate to others in difficult situations are often a good indicator of their true attitude. You should look for answers that demonstrate the candidate’s ability to manage conflict professionally and effectively.
Candidates who have a positive attitude and a willingness to do anything for others will be more than happy to assist a customer, colleague, or supervisor. Consider it a red flag if the candidate is unable to give even one example.
Now it’s time for the big question: The COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates with positive attitudes will be able to draw something positive out of their experience with the coronavirus. It changed our lives, maybe forever. These are some interview questions that you can ask candidates to help you discover a positive attitude.
We all have time, whether we like it or not. What did the candidate do with their time? Did they acquire a new skill? Do you want to write a book? Get a degree? Positive people will be able to persevere even in the most difficult times.
You should look for answers that show you how the employee’s positive attitude extends beyond themselves. A person who is willing to help their family and friends during the pandemic can make a great team member.
People who have a positive attitude and can do anything will be able to handle unexpected situations. Look for answers that demonstrate resilience and the ability to be proactive. Perhaps the candidate transformed their closet into a workspace or set up “office hours” to help them manage their time better.
Did the candidate give up on their career and just stay in the trenches? Did they take the time to learn by watching videos, reading books, or taking online classes? Is there one thing that has made a difference in their work outlook since the pandemic? A person with a positive attitude will find a way to remain engaged in their job.
Because the job market was unstable, many unhappy workers chose to stay with the company they worked for. Many are now quitting their jobs in what is being called “The Great Resignation”. Find out if your candidate is running for their dream job or escaping a bad job match. Candidates with a positive attitude will not only be able to explain why they are leaving their employer, but also why they want to join you.
Empathy is perhaps the most important tip in interviewing. You will never know what someone went through during the pandemic unless they share it with you.
Even if the answers are not what you expected, be respectful. A candidate who is compassionate and positive towards others could be a great addition to your team.
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