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what does “energetic” imply in a job posting? — Ask a Supervisor


A reader writes:

I’ve a number of medical circumstances that make me usually a low-energy individual. Nonetheless, my attendance isn’t a difficulty, and I’m fairly sensible and a very good employee and worker. Earlier managers have raved about me. To not toot my very own horn, however I feel I’m a reasonably superior worker.

I utilized for an inner place that I’m certified for. The posting says they’re in search of a “motivated, energetic, self-starter who could make fast contribution to the staff.”

What does “energetic” imply on this context?

I really feel I’m motivated and a self-starter, however bodily I’m not energetic, nor will I ever be. I’m simply bodily not in a position to be and sure that most likely comes throughout in zoom conferences and such. I’m at all times pleasant {and professional}, simply not “energetic” as I feel it means.

I’ll most likely get an interview as a result of it’s an inner position, so I must know the right way to deal with that. Simply deliver up tasks I’ve initiated to raised my groups? Speak about tasks I’ve accomplished earlier than their due dates? I’m undecided the right way to convey how I’d be a terrific decide in the event that they’re in search of somebody to be outgoing and “energetic.”

A lot of the time, “energetic” on this context doesn’t imply a rah-rah / bubbly / outgoing / bodily power sort individual. It means issues like: you see work that must be performed and also you do it, you provoke helpful new tasks, you could have a sense of urgency when it’s wanted, and also you strategy work with a can-do spirit (when reasonable) slightly than at all times in search of causes one thing received’t work.

The way in which you’d convey these issues in an interview is to speak about instances whenever you’ve approached work that manner — assume again by means of your work accomplishments for examples that illustrate these traits and work them in as you’re discussing the job and what you’d deliver to it.

And naturally, in case your interviewer is in search of a brilliant rah-rah sort, it’s smarter to not attempt to seem that manner for those who’re not. You need the hiring supervisor to grasp who they’re hiring in order that there aren’t surprises when you’re on the job … and so that you don’t find yourself in a job that wishes you to be somebody you’re not or the place you received’t thrive. Present them what you would deliver to the position with the intention to each work out whether or not it’s the fitting match or not.

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