How would you like to have a skill few candidates have? Today we want to talk to you about how to give everything you do an ‘extra’. The added value and quality that you put into each of your emails, reports, minutes, and everything else, will set you apart from the rest. For this reason, we hope you enjoy this guide on how to improve your attention to detail.
One way to define attention to detail is to fully process the information with effectiveness and consistency; simply put, it refers to having full attention to the details that you’ll be working on. Moreover, having this skill is one of the best ways to avoid making mistakes. Think about it: After finishing a project, do you check for errors? Have you been assigned a job that requires you to be thorough? When you have to process many details, is your work free of mistakes? If your answer to these questions is no, your attention to detail has a great area of opportunity.
For all of our positions, attention to detail is EXTREMELY important. In fact, we have hidden tests in each and every step of our application process. Therefore, we notice if you have this skill or not. To stand out amongst all the candidates that apply to our job offers, you need to improve your attention to detail. But how?
There’s no rush!
The idea of getting work done as quickly as possible without compromising its quality is utopian. Only robots are able to achieve that kind of effort. At times it might seem tedious or boring (you might even want to ‘hit the gas’ to get the job done sooner), this is what a lack of attention to detail can lead to. Instead, be fully aware of your way of working. Therefore, when you are tempted to rush, you should stop and concentrate on an adequate pace of work.
Check everything more than twice
Part of giving added value to everything you do (attention to detail) means that you must check two, or maybe even three times there’s nothing else that needs editing. Make sure that you’ve read and followed every single instruction to complete your task successfully. Especially, before hitting send to an email or clicking the submit button.
Get rid of distractions
Distractions can come in all shapes and sizes; from checking social networks, to constantly looking through emails or chatting with your co-workers. Distractions cause a lack of concentration and reduce your attention to detail; hence the reason to minimize distractions. Silence your cell phone or use an app that blocks social networks from your browser; put on your headphones and listen to music that helps you focus.
Ask for feedback and make a list
If your coworkers or boss suggest that you need to be more careful and detailed, you should ask for feedback. Write down everything they tell you, including any mistakes that you feel you have also made by not being meticulous. Have that list at hand and verify you are forgetting none of those things.