Great People Get Hired

Great People Get Hired

One of my better managers once said to me, “Don, there are only 3 kinds of people in this world, the good, the bad and the mediocre.” “The bad people are easy,“ he said, “if you have them you get rid of them and if you see them in an interview, just keep looking. The good people are easy too since you support them on the job and hire them just as quickly as you can.”

“It’s the mediocre people who kill us”, he concluded “because most of the people we meet on the job are, unfortunately, mediocre. So never settle on the mediocre hire just because you want a position filled…always wait for the really good person to come along.”


In this job market, I am finding that employers are a lot more choosey about who they hire. They are waiting for the top pick. And interestingly enough, that’s not just the person who has the most skills. In fact, if I could sum it up, it comes down to attitude. Employers want the person with the energy and positive “I can do it” attitude that will make their life easier. So ask yourself this question: are you displaying the right attitude in your job interviews? Are you going through the motions of question-and-answer or are you uncovering the employer’s pain and showing them how confident you are in your ability to provide a solution? Is your intonation and energy level indicating a go-getter who can climb the mountain? Would you easily rank yourself as the best person who interviewed for the job? Are you connecting with the interviewer and building rapport? If you can answer ‘yes’ to these questions, then I congratulate you on your new job.

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