5 Key traits that will make you attractive to any employer — “Effectively deal with ambiguity…”

Isabel Verhelst
Jun 5, 2018 · 3 min read

We are already at number 4 of the 5 traits that will make you attractive to any employer. Next to “Being you”, “Being a warrior” and “Being genuinely interested in people”, your ability to effectively deal with ambiguity will be one of the distinguishing factors in determining whether you are a good candidate or a great one.

Change is the only certainty in today’s world and the pace of change is ever increasing. Every day we are confronted with completely new situations with no familiar precedents or situations where there are a great number of stakeholder interests to be taken into account. Matrix organizations add to the complexity by blurring the lines of responsibility and leadership.

To be successful, you need to be able to handle this complexity and to effectively navigate through the uncertainty and ambiguity.

There are a few indicators that will show that you own this unique trait.

· Your confidence in yourself and your abilities. To counter the uncertainty, you need to find certainty in your own judgement. This does not mean that you don’t have to listen to others or seek advice. After all, we have 2 ears and a mouth for a reason. Have the ability to create a network inside and outside the organization of people who can advise you but, in the end, dare to trust your own capabilities and intuition.

· Your ability to decide and act without having the total picture. Get all the information available, make the best decision you can and act on it. But at the same time, realize that this decision might be wrong. So be willing to change course if more information becomes available.

· Your tolerance with risk and uncertainty. Be comfortable with the unknown and have the flexibility to respond to unanticipated challenges.

Obviously, you can give examples during an interview of events or actions where you own these capabilities. But in the end, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So chances are that, in the course of a selection process, we deliberately put you in situations where you need to demonstrate that you effectively navigate through complexity and ambiguity. Be it in the way you respond to unforeseen events, the way you make decisions or how you deal with the uncertainty of not knowing whether you get the job or not.

So time to embrace the unknown, keep your eye on the ball and use the selection process as your stage to show how you deal with ambiguity. After all, actions speak louder than words.

I look forward to hearing from you,


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