By: Danie Gohr
Are you wondering why you haven’t landed your dream job yet? What are you lacking? What are the company leaders and hiring managers looking for? You would think it is the specific experience and knowledge you already possess right? Well, that is only one piece of the puzzle. The biggest and single most important attribute that you need to showcase is accountability. Accountability is what drives this economy, gets you the promotion you want and keeps your boss happy! It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Well, it can be simple but it takes effort to express where you have been accountable and how you have made an impact to your previous and/or existing roles. You may think you are accountable, but what matters is that the interviewer and powers to be think and believe it as well! Perception is reality and it is your responsibility to make sure you are perceived as a hard working employee and not the opposite!
Take a second and imagine this scenario. You are sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room. While sitting there, you notice two receptionists behind the front desk. When a new patient comes through the doors to check in, one of the receptionists is sitting there, messing with their phone, looking down at the ground, and not even acknowledging the patient. The other receptionist, greets the patient the second the door opens, is quick to check them in and quick to let the doctor know they are present. Furthermore, you see that same receptionist walking all over organizing the magazines in the waiting area, dusting the furniture and opening the blinds. Each and every small gesture adds up and doesn’t go unnoticed! This receptionist shows accountability. Below, I will show you how you can explain your accountability in an interview and ultimately get the job
In The Interview
Interviewers want to be able to have something to grab onto. They want something that not only sticks out but gives them something to remember you by. You can do this by explaining you have been punctual, have went above and beyond the typical duties and helped the company work towards a certain goal.
If you want to let them know you are accountable, go beyond the bullet points on your resume and dig into how you’ve specifically went above and beyond the duties assigned to you. You can do this by first stating what your designated duties are/were, but then explain how you have specifically made an impact outside of those duties. To refer back to our previous example of the receptionist, she might explain that she checked in and greeted customers. She would then go further and showcase that in addition to those duties in her job description, she was a self-starter and created efficiencies for the entire company. The more specific the example the better impact you will have.
Another way to illustrate you are accountable is by simply showing up. Sounds like common sense right? Well, it is! If you want to prove that you would be a good hire for a company, then it is important to explain that you are punctual, took limited sick time, and made sure to be present for the entire shift. If you can honestly say that you showed up early or stayed late whenever needed to get the job done, then all the better!
Finally, if you want to demonstrate accountability in an interview, then it is important to show that you have worked alongside your co-workers towards a goal at your previous or current employer. For example, you may have initiated a process change or helped the company reach a sales goal. The only thing you want to keep in mind is that your examples should relate to the position you are interviewing for.
Whether you are trying to get a job or prove you are an asset to your existing team, possessing the qualities discussed in this article are pertinent to proving you are worth it!
For additional information on this topic, please contact one of the employment professionals at Palmer Group. www.thepalmergroup.com / 515-225-7000