One of my closest friends has been going through a series of job interviews lately. He’s gone above and beyond in practising for the interviews, and I’ve run him through a series of tips.
- Understand your unique value proposition – what you have that other candidates do not.
- Develop three key themes around your experiences and skills that you can weave throughout all questions.
- Provide fundamental perspective shifts, of how your thoughts and understanding has grown and changed from past learning experiences.
He did all the above and felt good about all his interviews. Unfortunately, he got rejected by 5 out of 7 firms. Given a second-round interview by one firm, and the firm he most wanted didn’t even reach back out.
The day he received his fifth rejection, he was down and frustrated. He said “fuck it,” and picked up the phone, calling the firm he wanted to the most, even though they hadn’t gotten back to him.
The recruiter answered the phone. Told him that he wasn’t originally on the final selection list, but the fact that he had the boldness to call, changes things. Later that day they too extended a second interview for him.
Sometimes you think you’ve given it all you got. You’ve practised and got professional advice. But it wasn’t enough.
Pick up the phone and call.
Show up at the office.
Do something BOLD.
The world is filled with followers who fit the norm. Stand out; you will be rewarded.