Look for the glass that's half full....


Everyone, it seems, wants to check the work history of applicants: they think that’s the key to their potential future success. While that may be an important factor when considering someone for a job, I suggest it’s equally important to try and ascertain is whether they’ll be a good fit with your culture and team.  An optimistic outlook is one of the most important things an applicant can bring to the interview and, if hired, the job. Optimists enrich the present – they have a can-do attitude and an openness to handle what comes their way.  They enhance the future – they’re the ones looking over the horizon and anxious to learn what’s next.  They challenge the improbable and attain the impossible – because they’re not afraid to try, whether they succeed or not. You want people like that on your team – even if they’re not the most experienced or don’t have the best pedigree: they’re the ones who will come to work every day excited about whatever’s going to happen. Look to hire optimists today.

William Arthur (1819 – 1901): Wesleyan Methodist minister, missionary, and author