Maybe you can relate to Nicholla's story -- especially if you've walked out of more interviews than you care to remember, feeling discouraged or crushed:
Let's talk about mindset.
Where a lot of candidates go wrong – and we're not just talking about job seekers, but also folks who want a promotion or who want to move into a new industry – they approach hiring managers with a "beggar" mentality.
Here's what I mean by this:
A lot of the people who have been pushing hard through the year so far are now starting to slow down for the summer.
They’ve worked hard for months, and now it’s “Miller time.”
Here's an important interview lesson many folks learn the hard way:
As I might have mentioned a while back, I recently took up playing the guitar after I inherited my aunt's old Spanish guitar.
Anyway, a few weeks back, I was (attempting) to play along to Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train", and I was doing pretty well -- until I missed a note and got flustered. You can guess what happened next.
Here's a common misconception many folks have about job interviews:
"If I'm gonna get the job, I need to show the interviewer that I'm the best."
But this simply isn't true.
There is a science to persuasion. Academic researchers have studied the subject in detail. They know what can cause people to buy-in to your ideas, and they know what causes people to lose interest.
Using their research, you can prepare more persuasive answers for your next job interview. The are four parts to being more persuasive.
First, a disclaimer: You should know what persuasion is not. It is not deception. I do not encourage you to misrepresent who you are.
Recently a reader asked me how to answer “trick” questions like:
"What year did you graduate?"
The reader was concerned, because if she answered a question like that honestly, then she’d probably disqualify herself. On the other hand, if she didn’t answer at all, then the interview would be over.
Here's something a lot of folks don't know:
If you browse through all the managers you know on LinkedIn – and if you've used some of the tips I've been sharing these last few weeks, you should be connected with dozens of managers in your area – it looks like most of them aren’t hiring. But you'd be surprised.
Just because it looks like they're not actively hiring, it doesn't mean they're not passively looking out for new members to join their team.
Last week, I sent out an email ("Overqualified" -- here's what that really means) and, around an hour or so later, I received an email from a member of our community expressing dismay at my mistake.
She (correctly) pointed out that if she'd have made a similar mistake on her cover letter, it would have been mercilessly tossed into the trash can.
I hold my hands up.
How does an employer know that you are someone who produces results? That by bringing you on board they will be better off?
Proof comes in many forms. Yet, one of the most powerful and easiest to apply is numbers.
Numbers prove that you are the real deal. And when done right, they can seriously change your job search. Let me explain.