A commonly requested skill in many job postings is an applicant’s ability to be flexible. It makes sense when you think about it: Employers would want to hire someone able to adapt to their unique environment and job requirements. Starting a new job can be tense for both managers and staff alike, as you are asked to adjust to a different position, different projects, and different responsibilities. As a candidate with Sentech Services, we are here to help you communicate your flexibility to potential hiring managers in these easy and effective ways.
Recognizing the Importance of Flexibility
Hiring managers and employers love when a candidate understands their position. A company is looking for employees who take the needs and demands of the company as much to heart as their own needs and demands. Recognizing the importance of flexibility can help you relate better with interviewers and reassure them that you are the best candidate for the opportunity at hand.
Highlight Past Challenges
One of the most effective ways to tell a hiring manager that you are flexible is by showing how you have been flexible in the past. Do you have any examples of projects where you have needed to change your plans and make adjustments to your work flow to make room for additional work? Or perhaps you have been required to learn a new way of communicating with certain co-workers or clients that differed from what you are used to? Both of these are good examples of your flexibility in action. If you are able to describe the challenges, and highlight your flexibility as a good and helpful response, your interviewer is sure to be impressed.
Communicate a Flexible Mindset
While employers are always interested in your work history and examples of your qualities in action, what they really want to know is what you can do for them in the future. Communicate your ability to be flexible through examples and interest in working with people of different personalities and backgrounds. Acknowledging that everyone has different leadership and communication styles and describing how you balance flexibility with getting the job done is a great way to give employers a sneak peek into your thought process.
The Need for Flexibility
Flexibility is about more than just thinking or speaking in different ways as the opportunity demands, it also requires your ability to adjust to different ways of doing things. It is very likely that in a new job you will be required to learn new technologies or processes that are required to do the job quickly and effectively. Perhaps a looming deadline will require additional hours beyond what you expected. Often in a crisis situation, the ability to think on your feet and make then act on decisions at a moment’s notice can mean the difference between success and failure. In these ways, flexibility and the ability to change as the situation demands are the true keys to success at work.
At Sentech Services, we provide high-end, customized service to manufacturing companies in Detroit, Port Huron and Fort Wayne and give our employees the extras that make us different and a better place to work. Contact us today to learn about our manufacturing staffing services!