Do you have what it takes to deliver a successful customer service experience?
Customer service professionals know that each customer and each interaction are different. Some support experiences are straightforward, simple, and perhaps even enjoyable if the customer you are helping is pleasant. However, other times the job can be truly difficult based on tricky circumstances or rude customers.
Throughout my time in customer service, I have found that the most effectiveÂ representatives dealing with customer issues have a quiver full of customer resolution skills that are implemented throughout the course of the interaction. Let’s take a look at some of those traits and qualities that the most effective customer service reps possess.
- Psychological MaturityÂ –Â This is the ability to use an appropriate response in any environment and it is usually a learned skill acquired through experience rather than an instinctive trait.Â Â When dealing with people, (especially customers), their problems can be difficult. One must have the maturity to rise above responses that may be generated by a customerâ€™s anger. The most crucial things are keeping your eye on the goal, resolving the issue and ending on a positive, productive note.Â It’s much less of a challenge toÂ deal with someone who is pleasant, but do you have the emotional maturity to weather the storm when the tide turns?
- Thick SkinnedÂ – When dealing with an angry person, anything could happen and you might hear a lot of things that have the potential to disrupt your professionalism. This is where not taking things personally comes into play. More often than not, the angry person is upset with the circumstances and not you. And unfortunately, you’re the easiest target for them to take their frustrations out on. It’s crucial to keep a cool head and focus on what you can control. Can you remain professional, friendly and courtesy when the issues becomes heated?
- PatienceÂ – This incredibly valuable traitÂ is developed through trials and tribulations. With enough of it, you can make it through anything. Developed patience will also keep you from lashing out impulsively. Through patience, compassion for others is born.Â Do you have patience enough to have an empathetic ear and show sympathy when needed?
- Good Listening Skills– If you want toÂ genuinely help resolve customer problems youâ€™ll need good listening skills.Â The fact that we have two ears and one mouth suggest that we should listen twice as much as we speak. Â Being a good listener means you are doing just that. Don’t try to push your agenda, but rather give voice to the customer while you allow your ears to do their thing in order to gain insight and seek a resolution for their problem. Can you actively listen and make sure you are truly hearing what the customer has to say?
- Genuine Interest in PeopleÂ – If you don’t like dealing with people, then aÂ job with a high level of involvement with people is probably not for you. Â Do you like working with people, regardless of how easy they are to deal with, because you genuinely want to help?
If you have these five great qualities, then you are an ideal candidate for a role in customer service. These are just a few of the traits we look for in our agents and customer service reps to make sure they are a good fit for our team as we strive to deliver the best customerÂ experience for our clients and theirs.