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What motivates people?

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Published on Thu, 11/28/2013 - 09:20 by Bill McAneny

Green light goI often get asked the question “what motivates people?” And of course the honest answer is “it depends who we’re talking about.” We all have different drivers and motivations and so it’s best not to try to find a silver bullet ‘universal’ motivator and instead get to know the individual, their drivers, aspirations, dreams, and their realities. Now this may sound a little ‘nice’ but of course it isn’t. Getting this right means happier and more productive staff who want to be there because the environment fits with them. The question of ‘fit’ is usually measured by the ‘harder’ metrics such as ‘experience,’ ‘expertise,’ ‘knowledge,’ etc and these are certainly the areas cited when it “doesn’t work out.” Yet we know that in reality it is about the interaction between personality type and environment.

We are currently adding to our ‘careers’ section on the personality profiles to help you think more deeply about the ‘best fit’ kinds of roles and organisations for you. We hope you find it helpful.

Personality and Careers - separating the job and the environment

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Published on Fri, 11/15/2013 - 14:47 by Bill McAneny

Colour PencilsMuch of the literature and many of the sites about Jungian type outline specific job roles for particular types. My (ENTP) list included Computer Programmer, Lawyer, Actor, Engineer and Entrepreneur. The problem I have with this is that I don’t think it is possible to pigeonhole someone into a specific job according to their personalities as this ignores the organisation, the values and the culture, which are far better determinants of suitability than a job title (which in themselves can be ambiguous). Even individual jobs, (say) an accountant, are not universal and differs from industry to industry, organisation to organisation and person to person. So what can we learn about personality and career choice?

Top Five Personality Traits Employers Look for in the Job Interview

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Published on Wed, 09/25/2013 - 11:47 by Guest Blogger

Hand shakeCould your personality be just as or even more important than your education or your experience while hunting for a job? According to leading management resources, the answer is a resounding yes. According to Forbes, "New research shows that the vast majority of employers (88%) are looking for a 'cultural fit' over skills in their next hire as more and more companies focus on attrition rates." The following are examples of 5 personality traits employers often look for.

Professionalism

Employers are looking for employees who will be strictly professional in their dealings with colleagues and clients. They want employees who will represent the company well and know how to interact in a business environment. How can an employer tell if you are professional? The way you dress, speak, and carry yourself all speak to your professionalism or lack thereof. Before going into an interview, it will benefit you greatly to study the corporate culture of the organization and to dress accordingly. Enter the interview ready to shake hands and answer questions in a professional, well-thought-out manner. Avoid texting or using electronics while you wait for your interview, though bringing your tablet can signal to an employer that you are tech-savvy. 

Five Interview Tips for Introverts

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Published on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 15:41 by Dan Murfitt

Meeting roomBeing an Introvert in an interview doesn’t put you at any sort of disadvantage, but there may be a few areas where you could focus, especially if you’re shy, find it difficult sparking conversation, or just find the interview process daunting. We’ve seen a lot of press lately around Introverts and how they should jump in more, get in with the crowd and generally try and act more ‘Extraverted’, but actually there’s an upside to being a natural ‘listener’ rather than a natural ‘talker’. So here are some key areas which we think highlight the value of being an Introvert in a job interview.

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