When I started searching for my first job at the age of sixteen, one of the first things I googled was, “Interview questions”. I read many articles on how to give the best possible answers, how to speak with confidence and so on. One response to the very popular question that most employers ask , Why should we hire you?, jumped out at me. The response was “I have a strong willingness to learn.” I knew for a fact that I wouldn’t remember all the info from all the articles I read, but I could remember “I have the willingness to learn”.
Since the age of sixteen I have had a total of 6 jobs over a 14 year time span. On every interview I have always inserted my willingness to learn whether the interviewer asked that specific question or not. That statement has really become part of who I am. I have developed this innate personality to constantly learn new things. I believe that part of who I am has brought me through many difficult situations in my life.
My ears are always perched when new information comes my way. I’m not sure if this is a good thing or not but even if it’s something I already know how to do , I will allow someone to explain it to me and act as if it’s the first time I’ve been taught. Why do I do that? I have learned that there are many things in life that people do several different ways to bring about the same outcome. Why not be a macgyver of sorts and be able to tackle an obstacle from several ways than just one.
Having the willingness to learn, I believe, is the key to success. If you stop learning, you stop living and are simply existing. Strive to learn something new everyday.