Willy Wonka’s Advice For Job Candidates

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Willy Wonkas Advice For Job CandidatesJust a few days ago I watched Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory -- the *real* version with Gene Wilder, not that newer abomination -- for what was probably the twentieth time. It's one of my favorite movies ever.
            
Anyway, when I was watching it this time around, I realized there's an important lesson in this movie for anyone who's looking for a job -- especially folks who are struggling to make it past the interview stage.
            
Can you guess what this lesson is?


It comes near the end when Charlie and Wonka are standing in the Wonkavator flying over the town.
            
We find out that the whole thing -- the golden tickets, Slugworth, the tour of the factory, Wonka flipping out at Charlie in his office and almost making him cry (by the way, am I the only one who thinks Wonka should be locked up for child abuse?) -- it was all just one huge, crazy, elaborate job interview.
            
Wonka was looking for someone he could trust to run his factory.
            
Notice that he didn't take one peek at Charlie's resume (even though the guy seems to love his contracts) or so much as ask him about his qualifications
            
Wonka just had to know he could trust him.
            
Now, obviously, this is a kids' film -- an awesome movie, and one that never gets old, but still a wacky movie nonetheless.
            
In the real world, resumes are important. Employers care a lot about your qualifications, and your experience, and your skills, and your credentials, and your track record -- what I call the "hard stuff". There's no doubt about that.
            
BUT...

Even in the harsh world of grizzled adults, trust will always be the most important factor that determines whether or not you get the job.

That's the reason why interviewers -- just like Willy Wonka, I suppose -- put you through your paces with difficult questions that seem to have NOTHING at all to do with your skills or the job.
            
They're testing you.
            
They're trying to figure out if they can trust you. More than that, they're looking to see if you have the right personality for their team.
            
This is the "soft stuff" -- and it's what gets you the job.
            
There are plenty of blogs and articles and videos online that will help you understand and prepare for the most common interview questions. But, be warned: these resources are great for helping you with the "hard stuff", but they often skip over and miss out the more important "soft stuff".
            
That's one of the reasons why I created Interview Success Formula.
            
It's a complete step-by-step program that takes you through every stage of the interview preparation process, helping you prepare interview answers that inspire trust, command respect, and win job offers.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.