You already know about the common qualities that will help you get hired – leadership, integrity, education, etc., but there are other qualities that will make you stand out for that position you are applying for. Here are three qualities you should develop that will help get you hired:
- Ambidextrous brain: Sir Martin Sorrell, the founder and CEO of multinational advertising and public relations company WPP said, “We live in a world increasingly dominated by data, but if all you can do is read a spreadsheet, you won’t reach the highest level. Success in business means being able to appreciate qualities, not just quantities.”
- Ability to argue: Being able to argue a point or idea shows passion and a willingness to fight for what you believe in. Sorrell explains, “An argument is usually a more constructive exchange than a conversation in which everyone wholeheartedly agrees with each other. If a leader is surrounded by yes people they learn nothing. Good people know how to stand their ground and make their case – even when others don’t want to hear what they’re saying.” An effective argument is rational, cordial, and smart.
- Decision-making skills: Being able to make a decision quickly is critical to being an effective member of a team and leader. When you take too much time to make a decision, someone else already has made it and is taking the lead. Sorrell further explains this point with, “I used to say, perhaps unwisely, that a bad decision on Monday is better than a good decision on Friday. With the benefit of hindsight I might have modified that to ‘an imperfect decision on Monday is better than the 100% perfect decision on Friday.’ Either way, you get the point.”
- See Eight Mistakes That Could Keep You from Getting the Job for more information.
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