Written by: Connie Huber PHR SHRM-CP
Dave Sherman, INSTANT LIKEABILITY
LIKEABILITY is the impression you make on the interviewer. It is more than a great response to a question. It is your ability to connect to another person in a way that is comfortable and pleasing to the other person.
Webster’s defines likeable as…. having qualities that bring about a favorable regard; pleasant, agreeable. Synonyms include: agreeable, amiable, appealing, attractive, charming, engaging, enjoyable, friendly, genial, good-natured, nice, pleasing, sympathetic, winning. In an article by Pam Holloway, “The Secret to Likeability”, Pam notes that “likeable people are known to:
- Be more successful in business & life.
- Get elected, promoted & rewarded more often than those less likeable.
- Close more sales & make more money.
- Secure better service providers, including doctors & other health care providers.
Likeability is not magic. It’s not luck. It’s not a gift inherited by only a few anointed people. It is merely a skill set. Gallup values the benefit of likeability. The Gallup organization has conducted a personality factor poll prior to every presidential election since 1960. Only one of three factors – issues, party affiliation, and likeability, has been a consistent prognosticator of the final election result. Of course, the factor is likeability.
So how do you develop skills to be likeable or likeability? Dave was our “Likeable Guru” in sharing tips that open the door to Likeability.
TIP #1: BE HAPPY
People thrive on being around others that are happy, enthusiastic and energetic. When you smile, you make yourself more approachable and smarter.
Dave shared the story when he first began interviewing with a company that became an employer. After researching the company’s recent press releases, he discovered the organization was celebrating its 1-year anniversary for being in its new site. Dave brought a celebratory cake to his interview. The cake instantly made Dave likeable.
TIP #2: BE ATTENTIVE
When interviewing, be attentive. Listen to what others have to say. Ask lots of questions.
TIP #3: BE PATIENT
Avoid interrupting. Biggest challenge is not knowing what to say. If you don’t have anything to offer. LISTEN! If you listen, you will learn something new.
TIP #4: BE CURIOUS
Establish a commonality between you and the person you are talking with. Ask questions such as where are you from.
TIP #5: BE HELPFUL
Discover ways you can be helpful to others. Have a service mentality.
TIP #6: BE ENTHUSIASTIC
Enthusiasm is contagious!
TIP #7: BE NICE
Be nice to everyone you come in contact with & leave a niceness legacy.
TIP #8: BE FUNNY
TIP #9: BE MEMORABLE
TIP #10: BE GRATEFUL
You may have trouble being grateful but there is always room for gratitude.
KRISTY BACH, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
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SHAUNTINA McALLISTER, SR. RECRUITER
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JEFF SHEWAN, HR ASSOCIATE
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Jessica Pierce, Board of Directors, Career Connectors, closed the meeting by thanking Highlands Church & the volunteers. The next Career Connectors meeting will be in Gilbert on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 & features Loretta Love Huff, as speaker for the topic “Courageous Leadership, Outrageous Growth.” For additional information on this event & future events, please visit the Event Schedule.