Temperament / Attitude
An intelligent person with a negative attitude is the last one an organisation is looking for to employ. The interviewers first look to the temperament and attitude an individual possesses to evaluate whether his knowledge and skills will benefit the organisation and the society as a whole. As a citizen of the country, you should always look for what is positive and best for India. Every country’s policy is based on what is good for its citizens. You should therefore be able to mould your assessment to what is good for the country in the context of fast-changing panorama of national and international events.
It is very easy to challenge the liberalisation policy of the government. But such unthought-of criticism is not welcome. Nor should you swing to the other extreme of being an unquestioning advocate of globalisation, liberalisation and privatisation. No doubt, it is the demand of the day. But while espousing the same, a candidate should express the human element involved in it with equal stress.
He should make it clear that though the country can not afford to bear the loss-making white elephant PSUs, nevertheless there can not be an arbitrary hire-and-fire policy. It should be made clear to the interview board that though the loss incurred by these govt agencies have to be ultimately borne by the citizens, the primary motive of the state is the welfare of its citizens and for that maintaining some of these lossmaking PSUs is a necessary evil.
The candidate should have a positive attitude and it should reflect in his appearance, speech and reflexes. He should not have a fear of looking imperfect. He should not be too eager to make the right impression or to overstate his achievements. While talking to the interviewer, he should not be too informal. Nor should he show off. The candidate must not exaggerate anything or be arrogant while talking. He should not ramble on or say anything more than what is needed.
Inferiority complex is as dangerous as superiority complex. Do not waver between these extremes. Just be a student willing to learn. Do not talk about what you want. Try to peep into the mind of the interviewer and talk about what he wants. Your answer must fit into his mind amicably though it may look wrong. Truth in itself has no material value. Qualify all your answers. Do not make a sweeping statement.
Naturalness can be acquired through practice. Practice makes a man perfect. You have got to be natural. If you are not natural in your behaviour, and affect to be what you are really not, you are not likely to do well in an interview. You should have a clear idea of the post for which you are being interviewed, and concentrate on its requirements and responsibilities. It pays to meet the people who are already in the saddle and cultivate their habits and outlook on life in an atmosphere of reality.
Environment plays a great part in the growth of attitudes in a person. Attitudes are acquired largely in the earlier stages of one’s life. Later they only get strengthened, cemented and absorbed in one’s personality. It is these which present one’s personality almost involuntarily. This happens in most of the interviews even if one would like to take maximum precautions to safeguard against them. The interviewer is always keen to find these very attitudes of a person. It is said that once an attitude is established, it is not so easy to change it. Yet it does not mean that it cannot be changed.
Attitudes preserve themselves by altering their owner’s perception of events. There always is an inherent tendency to support an old attitude even though the new attitude may prove to be more beneficial. The attitudes that help a person to record achievements also, at times, become hindrances in his way to further development.
He finds it difficult to get out of his past. For proper development of an individual’s personality, it is therefore essential that he should have proper attitudes. Most of the attitudes flow from prejudices. These prejudices are acquired at times from one single and strong powerful experience.
Attitudes, which make up the major part of an individual’s personality, represent his store of success in life. They underline the behaviours and roles, the views about himself and others, about work and home and personal relationships, which have enabled him to survive thus far. Attitudes are the storehouses of experience.
They are part and parcel of the process in which the individuals learn from events and from each other. We can conclude that development of personality largely depends upon the development of attitudes. If an attitude is healthy, personality would be healthier. If an attitude is blurred, personality would not be clear. If an attitude is born of strong prejudices, personality would be subject to various complications. An interviewer observes the paradox of attitude in a candidate whom he interviews.
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