Awareness: Will the Lack of This Soft Skill Cost You a Job?

awarenessCan a lack of awareness cost you a job?

You sit by the phone for hours just waiting for the call back with news that the job is yours. You are certain you did everything right; you dressed the part, answered the interview questions well, and you nailed the handshake afterwards. But the call still hasn’t come.

That may be because of the one job interview skill that you failed to sharpen up: awareness.

Awareness of yourself, your community, and the company’s global impact may not immediately come to mind as being of the utmost importance. However, each of these three levels of awareness can be pivotal in improving your chances of finding a great career during your job search.

Personal Awareness

Personal awareness has a number of meanings. First, it means that you’re able to assess yourself fairly. Do you understand what you will and will not like about the job?

For instance, if you need a fairly quiet place to work efficiently, an office with an open floor plan is not for you. Asking the interviewer about the office layout shows that you are aware of what you need to be successful. Furthermore, this question indicates you have critically thought about what working in this new position would be like.

Perhaps one of the most important things to be aware of during an interview is your body language.

Are you sitting in a way that exudes confidence? Do you have a nervous tick that subconsciously kicks in when you’re uncomfortable? Does your facial expression tend to give away how you really feel? These things have a monumental impact on whether or not you get the job offer!

Community Awareness

You must be aware of how the office community and company culture works within the organization. Company culture is a huge part of the modern office space, and has been linked to employee retention and happiness. Some HR representatives have indicated that building a strong and engaging company culture is their most challenging task.

With this information in mind, assess how your fit with the company culture. Are your potential coworkers friendly and helpful? Or are they organized into clear cliques and disinterested in communicating with “newbies?” One way to get an idea: set up time to chat with current employees. Or to ask to speak with your potential manager (if they are not already part of the interview) about the company’s culture.

Global Awareness

Finally, gain awareness on how the company acts within the local and global communities outside of the office space. Many markets are globalizing at an astonishing rate. Gone are the days when successful companies could get by without communicating with others. Before accepting a position, consider how this company connects in the global marketplace. Understand how this could impact your potential new job further down the road.

Additionally, be aware of how the company will provide meaning and purpose to you. If the position you are applying for sucks out your soul, it isn’t for you. Don’t be afraid to ask your own difficult questions in an interview. Assess if working for the company will improve your life and the lives of the individuals you are providing services to. Asking such questions means getting answers that help you make a well-informed decision.

Consider incorporating greater amounts of personal, community, and global awareness into future interviews. Doing so shows potential employers that you have thought critically about the position you’re applying for… and your role within the company.


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