Friday, December 09, 2011


When you go for interviews or are in pursuit of a job, the disposition can play a great role to your advantage. Disposition can help manage the risk of loss or create a better impression on your prospect employer.

There are a number of disposition that may be reflected on ones mindset with respect to a job in pursuit.

“Life goes on”
This is a disposition that characterizes one’s pessimism in making a pursuit work. Depending in how much you embrace this attitude, it may affect how much effort you put into your pursuits.

“It will happen when my day comes”
This is perhaps the commonest mindsets and disposition that people have. It is quite pacifying and humbling. It makes you not worried of failure – but rather implies that when your day comes, it will not matter how good you are. By this mindset – you transfer the link between effort and success to a fatal.

“May be it’s been taken”
That some opportunities are advertised as a formality is a reality. This should not bias your mind to think that all jobs are not real. This will kill your optimism, water down your efforts and erode you mental energy.

“They called me! Right? Then, I certainly have something that they want”
 This mindset helps you gain you personal appreciation about your abilities and chances but fails to propel you to recognize that they called you not only to verify your positives but also, to assess your negatives. It also fails to make you imagine what possible competitor could have that may outwit your chances.
“The need me – Full Stop”
 This is the most powerful mindset. Watch out it may make yourself branded lone ranger who cannot work in a team.

“It’s their judgment. They are the employers”
 This mindset will make you limit your interview performance to bare facts than conceptual assessment. You are tempted to undersell yourself.

When you walk into an interview panel, what disposition or mindset do you project to the panelists? How do you facially influence the panel that you have competencies, a sense of purpose and drive? What aspects of your current situation may make you give a negative impression to panelists? Common situations are anxiety (almost getting a job of a lifetime), history of unsuccessessful pursuits and frustrating jobs.

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