What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School

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Commitment to the employer and what the employer wants to accomplish is vital. Since it is difficult in a job interview for employers to recognize loyalty and a desire to serve the organization's reason for being, it is up to the interviewee to point out these traits by examples and discussion. Giving examples of your commitment in previous employment can be helpful.

Attention to detail is a second trait that is extremely important to potential employers. Employers realize that those who do quick, shoddy work inevitably make mistakes. People who never double check their work lose an opportunity to make corrections. Using systems and other people as a second source of validation increases accuracy to a great degree. Show a potential employer how you pay attention to detail. Determine not to be just another person who cares little about a job being done right.

Follow-up is also important when you are asked to do something. Let your manager know what you are doing in a timely fashion. Bosses and supervisors don't like to have to ask a second time about the progress of an assignment. Sadly, automatic follow-up habits are a rarity with most people. Communicate, communicate and communicate.

McCormack's suggestions all reinforce one another since each involves the others. Commitment is demonstrated by attention to the details and the communication of progress toward the company's goals. Convey these concepts in an interview and you will make a strong, positive impression.