by sysop in Career Pathways
by Kristina Burroughs
What characteristics will show you in the best light for your next job interview? Job seekers often make the mistake of emphasizing their humility and deflecting all credit which makes it hard for the interviewer to feel confident about the candidate’s confidence in their own ability. The other extreme for recruiters and interviewers is the candidate who communicates overconfidence in his or her ability and does not emphasize the importance of collaboration and teamwork. That brings us to integrity, which is the foundation for striking a balance between these two characteristics. Integrity is a quality that the interviewer wants to see in the “right” candidate for the position.
Integrity can be loosely defined as conducting one’s affairs honestly and with courage. Humility, for most organizations, is defined as the ability to constantly seek to understand and constructively deal with reality in order to create value and achieve personal fulfillment. It is the ability to hold yourself and others accountable to serve the organization’s mission honestly. The humility and confidence combo is a tricky one but here are two simple guidelines to help you navigate these murky waters with integrity as your guide:
In your next interview, be yourself but keep these things in mind. Integrity, humility, and confidence are hard to measure but the interviewers are looking for these “right” candidate qualities. You have one shot at helping the interviewer make up their mind about whether you possess these intangibles that most employers want in their next hire.