There is a very common interview problem I see over and over for great candidates that just flattens their chances of getting an offer like a tire hitting a deep pothole.
I suspect this happens in virtually every industry, and it’s an issue that can easily be avoided. If you do this right, you can actually use this as an opportunity and give yourself a major advantage.
Are you frustrated with your job search because it seems like nothing is working and you’re ready to give up? Unfortunately that’s not one of your options. When Yoda from Star Wars said, "Do or do not, there is no try," he wasn’t talking to you. Finding employment isn’t optional, it’s Do or Do, so Try you must!
This week’s video blog is very direct and to the point. When you watch you’ll see that it’s not only possible to re-motivate yourself to continue your job search, but it’s mandatory. Finding a new job can seem like an overwhelming proposition, but it’s extremely do-able for anyone willing to try, regardless of your current obstacles.
What if I told you that the way you track your job search can directly control the length of your job search? It can, and I’ll prove it.
Have you ever seen the TV show “American Ninja Warrior”? If not, I’ll explain. It’s an obstacle course built for very seriously in-shape people. The obstacles range from steeply angled boards the contestants must run across, to 14 foot warped walls. All of the obstacles are above water, so if you fail, you fall in.
I’ve been a public speaker for more than 20 years, and a competitive dancer with my wife for at least 10. Whether I’m in front of 3,000 people, or just 3, I still get nervous.
When I was 20 years old I was standing back stage pacing vigorously before giving an hour long presentation for an all school assembly for Naperville North High School, which at the time had about 2,500 students. To add a little more pressure, this was the same high school where I had just graduated a couple of years prior, so I knew a lot of the kids in there…and most of the teachers too because my dad was the Principal! Talk about pressure!
Searching for a job at the executive level is a VERY different game. During a relatively short interview, executive candidates must prove that they…
• Have the skills to do the job
• Can be trusted to lead seasoned employees
• Will be taken seriously as an outsider
• Will make smart decisions with the company’s money
That’s a lot to accomplish in just a couple hours!
Have you ever been on an interview and the interviewer was looking at their computer screen more than at you? Or what about negative interviewers who woke up on the wrong side of the bed that morning?
That’s not something you can control. It's just bad luck. Or is it?
Someone asked me why employers would want recruiters to prepare candidates for interviews. "Isn't that like cheating? Wouldn't they get a better vantage point to see how people really are if they don't know what to expect in the interview?"
In fact, I actually had a new client unexpectedly call my candidate BEFORE the scheduled appointment so he wouldn't be "prepared" and so he could see a "real picture" of this candidate. The candidate did okay because he was very senior level and had the experience this client needed, but he certainly could have done significantly better if he were prepared. The employer and I had a good discussion about it afterwards, and I thought if there were other employers who share this opinion that they might be interested in the topic as well.
Have you ever heard of Word Clouds? For those of you who haven’t, a Word Cloud is a bunch of text that gets jumbled around and made into a picture. As a Creative Director I’ve made a few of them myself, and they’re pretty cool. They make things much more visually stimulating, and there are a lot of different settings so you can pick your font, color scheme, design, shape, etc.
How Can Word Clouds Help You?
- Pinpoint keywords on your resume
- Find target skills in job descriptions
Searching for a job can be very stressful, regardless of how long you’ve been looking. The good news however is that job seekers have more control than they think they do, and it IS possible to take control over your stress level.
Control What You Can Control
True, you cannot make someone hire you, but there are many things you CAN control to get you there.
Preparing for a Skype interview? Here are 8 essential tips for better Skype interviews:
1) Phone First and Stay Professional. Sometimes Skype requests don’t go through right away and the sender will wonder why the other hasn’t accepted yet. Eliminate this frustration by starting on the phone. And use a Skype handle that is professional! If your handle is “drugsRcool” or “tequilaworm”, get a new one! They are free. Choose your name, or initials, or better yet, try finding one that incorporates the title of the position you are interviewing for such as, “the_data_guru”. This will give them the impression that you live for this job!