Professional Feature: Quality Orientation


About The Professional Feature 'Quality Orientation'

Quality orientation means that you place high demands on your own work and that of others and constantly strive to improve it.

What does quality orientation mean in concrete terms?

If you value quality, you feel responsible for the quality of your work and that of your colleagues. You are not satisfied with 'good enough' and you try to prevent errors as much as possible, even if you are under time pressure. You see opportunities and challenges and you think in solutions instead of problems. If the required quality is not in order, you take action - for example, you arrange things differently or follow a course or course to update your knowledge in a certain area - and you correct errors when necessary. You also give others constructive feedback if the work can be improved and you regularly evaluate your own work and that of others (possibly in the light of quality norms and standards, such as ISO and NEN).

Which competencies are involved?

- Accurate: You perform your work precisely and accurately. Sloppiness reduces the chance of success.
- Performance motivation: The inner will to perform well; to achieve goals and be successful.
- Organize your own work: If you work efficiently and purposefully and set priorities, this will certainly improve the quality of your work.
- Anticipate: With a look ahead you can prevent future problems or missteps.
- Responsibility: You want to deliver high-quality work because you know that a lot depends on it. You are jointly responsible for the performance of the company where you work. An irregular order has a negative influence on this.
- Energetic: If you are energetic, you've a strong urge to act and you constantly take action, even if the circumstances are not easy. If problems arise, you remain optimistic and like to look for solutions.

Can quality focus be developed?

Quality orientation is a competency that is reasonably easy to develop, because it's something everyone can do, although it will take a lot more effort than the other. After all, the one is naturally less perfectionist than the other. By being aware of your own core qualities and pitfalls you can take excellent concrete actions to increase the quality of your work.

- Check for yourself which work can be performed more carefully by you. If you find this difficult, then go to your supervisor or colleagues to guess.
- Which of your colleagues, family or friends is known for its perfectionist attitude? Ask that person how he works. What actions does he take to ensure the quality of his work? What possible aids does he use? What tips can you use to increase the quality of your work?
- Choose a task and put the tips and insights you gained in step 2 into practice. Work carefully, pay attention to detail and check your task afterwards. What effect does it have on the quality of your work? What do you get out of it? What benefits does it have? And what disadvantages?
- Evaluate the quality of your work. Request feedback from your supervisor or a colleague who is more focused on delivering quality. What went well? What could you do better next time? Use this information and always go one step further by proceeding carefully and precisely in all your activities.

When will you break through?

The pitfall of quality orientation is mosquito sifting, exaggerated perfectionism. You break through when you strive to always do everything well and perfectly, even the smallest trivial jobs, such as copying a document. That means you take a lot of work or worse: you can't even finish it. This way you not only ensure that you set the bar very high for yourself, but also that you deal with your work in a forced way. In that case you make a career in an unhealthy way and you run a great risk of getting stressed or getting burned out.

How do you show that you are quality-oriented when applying?

You have set your sights on the copywriter vacancy. Quality orientation is one of the characteristics of the ideal candidate. In your.application letter you state that you are extra alert for grammatical errors and spelling errors, because a mistake in a brochure or magazine is definitely not done for you. To prevent slippage, have at least one colleague check all your texts or a first drafted version of the brochure, magazine or proposal. If you are invited for a job interview, then you will explain this further on the basis of a concrete example. You can use the STAR method for this.

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