Make one wrong move and you’re out on your ear. Screw up that new project, deliver that piece of work late or find yourself in the middle of a complex problem that you just can’t solve, and your boss will be straight on the phone to HR and asking IT to delete your account.
And that’s just if you have a job in the first place. If you’re currently interviewing, you gotta leave that interview room having instilled your prospective employer with confidence that you’re right for the job. Fail to do that and you won’t get the call back.
So how do you fill an employer with confidence?
I define confidence as being able to trust your behaviour with implicit trust in that behaviour. It’s one thing to do that for yourself (and if you’re not confident in yourself can you really expect someone else to be?) but it’s another deal entirely when someone else needs to have implicit trust in your behaviour.
What Doesn’t Instil Confidence
Let’s take a minute to look at some of the things you could do that would not instill confidence in an employer (current or prospective).
- Habitually turning up late and never showing you give a damn.
- Always sidestepping problems or giving problematic tasks to others, just because they’re too difficult.
- Blaming someone else when the shit hits the fan, and not getting involved in finding a solution.
- Only spending time on the cool stuff, and either forgetting about or quickly slapping together the rest.
- Missing meetings because you forgot or just couldn’t be bothered.
- Not giving a damn when someone in your team needs a hand with something.
- Never sticking around when the team need to dig deep to get something done.
- Going through the motions and just calling it in; never noticing quality or opportunity.
Believe it or not, but there are people out there who are like this. Yeah, what an asshole. Not you of course, I know you can kick ass and I know you’re bloody good at what you do. When you’re in there, doing it, firing on all cylinders, doing great work and getting great stuff done, there’s nobody quite like you.
And that’s what instills trust – a willingness to engage with the work and a willingness to engage with your own capability.
Demonstrate those 2 things (and use examples if you’re interviewing) and you’ll inspire trust and confidence in even the most beleaguered employer.
A Note for Employers
Same goes for you. If you’re not doing these things then your employees won’t have any confidence in your ability to lead, manage or even run a bath.