Don’t Make This Interview Mistake.

“A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament.” -Oscar Wilde

It is true that interviewing for anything is an art. Maybe you’ve recently seen politicians being interviewed and you can visibly see them dancing around questions or successfully and usually unsuccessfully trying to spin their answers. The ones who do it well have mastered their craft.

Great interviews no matter what the field are often achieved through subtlety. There is always an objective to be achieved, an impression someone wants to portray, a position they are trying to convince people to take or in the job seekers case…actually that’s a good point, what is the true objective of someone being interviewed for a job? Obviously, to get the job but that’s where most of you go wrong, you never move past that determination and dig deeper.

The true question to ask ourselves is “What do we have to do to get the employer to take Action and pull the trigger?”

Do you know the answer? Luckily, I do.

The art of the interview and the subtlety of the process is a formula. I will encourage you to define exactly how these parts pertain to you individually and leave that up to your judgement.

WARNING: Some of the material may seem basic and common sense but I don’t think you are surprised about how many people lack common sense or commit the major mistake of having knowledge without implementing, which is useless.

Secret(meaning not so secret but most people fail to do) Interview Recipe:

1. Great Beginnings – Eye contact, firm handshake, smile and in a clear, confident voice say “Nice to meet you, thanks for taking the time to meet with me today.”

2. The Personality – Most people are confused as to how much personality they should reveal in an interview. They are worried about being too dry or overly personable and looking unprofessional. Ask yourself these questions and find the balance

  • Am I coming off as confident or cocky?
  • Did I show a sense of humor or did I look goofy?
  • Was I well-mannered or brown-nosing?
  • Was I being positive or did I seem fake?
  • Did I strive for excellence or try to look perfect?
  • Did I prove I am well-rounded?
  • Was I professional or up tight?

Most of us know the difference between all of these and could cite examples of how to execute each but the distinguished is in how subtle you handle each situation.

3. Bringing it Home – At the end of the interview, it is important no matter how well you think it went to finish strong. End with a combination of : Thanking them again, stating you enjoyed the process and look forward to impacting the organization. It is also advised to ask “What is the next step?”

Think about these concepts, rehearse you answers with a focus on being subtle and most important when the time comes implement and execute.

Michelangelo said it best, “A man paints with his brains not with his hands.”

If this was helpful in anyway, I ask you pass it along and share with others. There is no better way to impact each other and change our situation than to help.

By Christopher Sankey   @DMSank

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LOVE THE JOB YOU HAVE WHILE YOU CREATE THE JOB OF YOUR DREAMS

A mentor of mine, Hal Elrod, has a motto “Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams.” I think we can all agree that is a great motto to live by. With 2012 being an election year and so much talk of our nations unemployment rate and the need for job creation, it made me think about my situation as well as those of many of my peers.

The Problem

Most people see getting a job in this economy as difficult and when they finally get a job it’s not the job they want. In result, they whine and complain about how they don’t like their job and give a half-ass effort at that job. My question is: Who determines whether they like their job or not? They do.

When you don’t like your job, what will your attitude be waking up for work? What will your attitude be at work? What will your attitude be going to sleep thinking about the next day? Let me explain a simple model…

Your Thoughts/Mindset/Attitude determine your Actions which determine your Results.

In this case, if you have a negative attitude about work, the actions that follow will include: going to bed late and waking up later, minimal effort towards tasks, lack of team work and self-isolation, all of which will cause poor results and a poor level of satisfaction from work.

The Solution

If you determine whether you like your job or not, then it is a simple matter of choice. Choose to “Love the job you have while you create the job of your dreams.”

There is a saying that most of you are probably familiar with. The saying is “The grass is always greener on the other side.” A lot of people will respond to that and say “water your own damn lawn.” I say, “water your own damn lawn but when you’re done make sure you plant a flower in your dream garden.”

Don’t be mistaken. The answer isn’t to settle. The answer is to make the most out of what you have AND create your next opportunity that will lead you closer to your dream job. There is so much to miss if you aren’t embracing the position you are in; so many habits, so many lessons, and so many connections.

When you “lead without a title” as Robin Sharma preaches you find satisfaction in your job and create opportunities that get you closer to exactly what you want. If you aren’t looking you wont find. Start looking for opportunities to hone your skills and create a following. It may be difficult to find a job, but every company has a need for leaders.

Don’t WAIT for the dream job, CREATE the dream job.

Written by: Ray Reed

Look out for a follow-up post on “Creating your Dream Job”

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Sex, Drugs and Jobs.

In the last post I spoke of the difference in taking an Active approach to finding the job you want versus being passive, waiting and hoping. I referenced specific examples of how you can be active in your methods. Today, I will backup a majority of what the last post was about with facts and numbers and show you how important it is to truly be Active in your search. Welcome to advanced job finding methods 101…

In a recent book, I came across the best and worst methods to find a job and was fascinated by the results. The reality is the way we normally look for jobs is not the way employers normally look for us. This is where the sex comes in, wait for it….Much like men and women are on completely different wavelengths, in order for us to communicate and even be civil at times we have to see it from the opposite person’s point of view and thus the end result, sex. If not, no sex. Okay, so point is if we want to find that wonderful connection with an employer we have to see it from their eyes.

Ask yourself, “If I were an employer how would I want to fill any openings?”

Would you want to troll through the internet reading millions of resume’s?? No way.

Would you want to spend thousands of dollars on ads in the newspaper?? No.

Would you want to hire and pay a staffing firm who doesn’t really know what your business needs are to find future employees?? Definitely not.

What’s crazy is the last three scenarios are the most popular methods for people who are looking for jobs, they are also the least effective. Why are they most popular if they are the least successful? Two reasons, first they are the easiest most convenient ways of searching. It is natural for us to want something with as little resources expended as possible. We know what we want and we don’t want to work to get it, fair enough. Second, these are the methods we are taught that are supposed to work. So we naturally just follow the leader without research and thus all of these avenues are saturated with tens of millions of applicants pushing employers even further away from using them.

It really is a battle of two parties, you and the employer, both wanting each other but having to do as little as possible to get each other. Sounds like a pretty dysfunctional relationship. And that’s why the job market is plagued with fear, confusion, frustration, despair and more. What we have to realize is the employers have the power(job),so they get the luxury of being passive where you as the seeker have to be Active in your approach.

So how would you want it to happen if you were the owner or hiring manager of a company? Well its a pretty easy answer. I imagine one of my best employees walking into my office saying, “Hey boss, you know that opening you have? I have the perfect person for it.” Reality is I trust this employee, they get results and now I don’t have to advertise(spend unnecessary money) and waste time.

Ok, now that we have you thinking in the mind of the employer, ask yourself “What are other things I would want to see or methods to use regarding the hiring process?”

Here are the most preferred methods of hiring for companies:

1. Inside promotion – Someone they have already seen work, they know the person knows the job which equates to almost zero risk and zero cost of advertising. Your move: Internship or settle for a part-time position and work your butt off. I have a friend Brian who did this, he worked an internship for a couple of months, at the end they didn’t have any openings and he went home. As soon as something opened up, he was the first they called.

2. Proof – Bringing in someone who has or is actual tangible proof of exact experience relating to skills needed. For example, if the company is hiring for painters someone who has a portfolio of work is in a pretty good position. Your move: Consider the job you want and skills related and get an entry-level position that will prepare you for the field. If you already have experience lets say in sales bring your past customer list or awards and show the interviewer.

3. Personal Referral – An employee recommends a friend or colleague to the job as mentioned above. Your move: Ask your network of friends and family who in their company has the authority to hire and ask them to personally recommend you to the job or hand deliver your resume’.

Remember just because you haven’t found the job you want doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Keep looking and now you have some tools and directions to put you on the path you want. Active vs. Passive.

Oh yea don’t forget, Drugs can prevent you from getting the job you want…

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