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Job Interview - Your attitude to the work place
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Job Interview - Your attitude to the work place

Your attitude to the workplace makes a difference

Imagine a common situation in which you are having a chat with some friends and the topic of conversation is your satisfaction with your workplace. How would you describe your work? Is it something you enjoy or is it something that bores you? In the answer to this question lies your attitude towards your workplace. This attitude also influences the respect you have for your self and how you perceive your self. This attitude influences your ability to succeed in a job interview.

This works the other way round as well – interviewees that respect themselves, mostly view their professional achievements as well as their workplace in a positive light. Yet, interviewees that are not content with themselves will have difficulty expressing their professional experiences in a positive and convincing manner and hence may fail to pass a job interview.

Quite a lot of people may feel dissatisfied with their work for various reasons:

  • Some are unhappy with how they are treated by their managers.
  • Some feel that the work is unchallenging and boring.
  • Some feel frustration and an inability to fulfil their potential.
  • Some admit they would quit their jobs if they could afford it.

When approaching an interview feeling discontent, disappointed, angry or frustrated with your current job, it will be very hard to prevent these feelings from surfacing.

When harbouring hostile and negative feelings toward your workplace, eventually these feelings will cause you to be insecure and will affect the course of your interview when applying for a new position. While it is perfectly legitimate to want to change your job, trying understanding the cause of your negative feelings.

There are a number of reasons why people feel discontent at work but in a lot of cases these feelings originate from the employee's inability to be engaged and influential at work.

The ability to be influential is usually the result of perseverance and the ability to cope with the challenges at work. This ability requires stamina and some people lose it as soon as the first challenges arise.

It is perfectly normal to want to progress or simply change jobs during the course of your career. However, even if you are discontent with your current position try to observe the cause objectively. Try to eliminate and uproot those negative feelings that you are harbouring. They will only compromise your chances in succeeding in the next interview.

If you feel frustrated or angry at work for any reason, try to detach the emotional elements and analyse the cause of frustration in a rational manner. This will defuse some of the negative feelings you have and may enable you to conduct an interview in a calm and professional manner.

Employees that manage to cope with the hardships at work, that persevere in frustrating situations, that are not offended too easily, will stand a better chance at viewing their workplace in a professional manner and will even be able to treat these hardships as challenges rather than obstacles. This mature attitude is bound to surface and help you succeed in your next job interview.

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