CBT, as you already know, gives its collaborators the chance to share their ideas on subjects that impact their area of work – HR and more specifically, recruitment.
Today I want to talk about motivation. How do you know, as a recruiter, that the candidate is motivated? How do you show, as a candidate, that you´re really into the job offer?
Business dictionary defines motivation as internal and external factors that stimulate desire and energy in people to be continually interested and committed to a job, role or subject, or to make an effort to attain a goal.
Let’s start our journey in the motivation dimension
I, as a recruiter, can check if a candidate is motivated if they were continuously reaching the goals defined in a previous job – that´s a way.
I can check the motivation, based on this argument and based on past experiences, not only on the will that the person shows to the new offer that I am presenting. Of course that there are a lot of factors that can make a professional not feeling motivated… That doesn’t mean they will not show motivation on a new job, but we need some metrics, so that’s one.
I can check the motivation of a candidate if they are willing to relocate to a distant country do enroll in a new job. For example, if the candidate argument is that distance is not a crucial factor but the challenge presented by the new role is, in my opinion that’s a direct hint of a professional that is motivated! In this case, by challenge and knowledge. So here, we establish another fact that allows us to check motivation.
At this point, I’d like to reinforce the idea that this text is just a small contribution to motivation in the labour market because I’m only presenting some hints. There is a lot more that you can check! Motivation theories for example.
As a candidate, based on job experience, you can show motivation by knowing the job description, by researching about the company, by adapting your curriculum vitae to the job you are applying for, and much more.
A practical example
I had a candidate that was ending her degree. Of course, I understood the fact that she wanted to end her studies before she enrolled in the job. I politely asked her why she applied for the job anyways, knowing that the vacancy was for the next month. Her answer taught me a lot: “ I am thinking long term, I want to show that my degree is a tool that will make me do my job in a better way in the future, so, when we talk next time about the job, I will present you a better version of myself.”
THINKING LONG TERM shows motivation too.