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Actually Getting A Job, Did You Know....?

Updated on August 2, 2010

Personal Success and the Bottom Line

Personal Success and the Bottom Line
Personal Success and the Bottom Line
Mark C Middleton
Mark C Middleton

Get That Job

Get the job you want and want the job that you get ... Now!

There are many great books and articles about How To Get That Job. My purpose is not to repeat what you have probably already read about. But to summarize:

  1. Make sure you have a great well-written Resume with correct grammar and spelling.
  2. First Impressions are lasting impressions. Proper attire, grooming, hygiene, manners and timeliness are all critical. Promote your strengths without appearing to be a know-it-all.
  3. Follow up with a personal Thank You note.

What you may not appreciate. This is the information age and just like you can get a wealth of information on a prospective employer, they can get a wealth of information on you.

  1. Employers may run a credit check. An employee with good credit is more responsible.
  2. Often any references you provide, personal or business (prior employers), will not be checked. Since you provide personal references, it is assumed they will be favorable. Most prior employers will only confirm employment and period of employment for fear of litigation.
  3. Social websites can be checked, i.e. Facebook, MyLife, Twitter, MySpace, Linkedin, etc. Be sensitive to content, written and pictures, and personal blogs. Never post or permit to be posted anything that you would not want your employer to see or read.
  4. Be prepared for the unexpected. Many recruiters like to see how you will function with the unexpected. For example, "What is your favorite kind of cookie?" A bad response is, "Uh..." A good response is an immediate "Chocolate Chip." A great response is an immediate "Keebler Chocolate Chip."
  5. Be yourself.  When you try to be someone that you are not, if you get the job, you will not be happy with it and your employer will end up not being happy with you.

Now, for the information that you may not be aware of.

I have provided guidance for recruiters and have functioned as a recruiter for large Companies. The following are some tactics I have used and promoted:

  1. Companies may schedule several individuals for interviews at the same time and have a Company employee mixed in with the group as an apparent applicant to observe how each interacts while waiting. So, mind your behavior and language at all times, rest room, cafeteria, hallway, etc. You never know who is within earshot. This is especially true when using a cell phone. People tend to talk louder than they realize when using a cell phone and unintentionally cause others around them to become an unwanted witness to the conversation. Therefore, your private conversation or even text, isn't.
  2. After the interview, they walk the person to their car or watch them and take note of what they are driving. They are looking at the interior and exterior condition. If the exterior has not been cleaned in a long time and/or the interior is littered with old fast food bags, this probably represents how the individuals work area and organization will be. So make sure your vehicle also makes a good First Impression.
  3. If the applicant will be an upper management person, a Recruiter may drive by their home and note the degree of maintenance of the exterior of their home. What impression does it make?
  4. A Company employee may take an evening walk through a prospect employee's neighborhood and initiate conversations with neighbors. This works great with a dog because it is easier to start a conversation. Also, someone the applicant has not met will do this. What your neighbors think about you and what kind of neighbor you are will indicate what kind of team worker you will be. A good and responsible neighbor will probably make a good responsible employee.

Research your prospective employer. Find out as much as possible about key employees and their interests, Charities they may support, etc. If the Company is a public Company, research their financial operations and learn who their key competitors are.

Being a financial person, I would end an interview for a job with something like, "Thank you for your time. By the way, I noticed that your Inventory turnover is substantially less than (name of competitor). I would look forward to an opportunity to discuss some ideas with your operations personnel." Just something, anything to intrique the employer and, as has been said, "Always leave them wanting more."

Find some way to distinguish yourself from the herd! (Of course in a favorable way.)

Example: At a Company recruitment where there were about a dozen applicants waiting to be interviewed, as time slowly passed and the applicants grew more fidgety, the receptionist at a Company was obviously becomming somewhat stressed by the group. To the side of the waiting area and through a glass door, there was a small room with a table and chairs, and also a cabinet with a coffee maker and cups on top. One of the applicants noticed her discomfort. He stood up, approached her and something like, "Why don't you take a break and I'll poor you a cup of coffee?" as he made a motion towards the small room. She smiled and said "Thank you. That would be nice right now." She stood up, he opened the glass door and they entered the room where she sat down at the table. He took two cups from the cabinet, filled them with coffe and then set them on the table and sat down with her. They were there for several minutes and had an obviously nice conversation that included her smiling several times. They then returned to the waiting area where she sat down behind her desk. This Company had an observer mixed in with the applicants. Most of the applicants were well qualified for the position. Being a people oriented Company, this guy got the job.

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