Written by Jim McBride
Can you do the job? Will you do the job? That’s what recruiters want to know. But hiring managers, they want to know if you have that “it” factor.
Bridgett McGowan, award-winning professional speaker and business owner, coaches up professionals to be “the most engaging, dynamic, incredible communicators ever.” Bridgett knows what it takes to make your “it” a legit differentiator when interviewing for your next career adventure.
With the Recruiter
It’s likely your first interaction with a company will be with a recruiter. The recruiter is not typically taking a deep dive into your career accomplishments. Recruiters take a preliminary checklist approach to see if the candidate is a potential fit for the organization by zeroing in on your education, job history, experience in similar work environments and your overall demeanor.
The recruiter is an important step in the hiring process because you’re being evaluated on how you may fit into the company culture based on how you think, how you talk and what you believe in compared to how they think, how they talk and what the company believes in.
With the Hiring Manager
Mirror the communication style of hiring manager during the interview. According to Bridgett, a “peacemaker” likes to build rapport, so reciprocate the small talk. “Truth-keepers” need messaging that is logical, makes sense and fits with what they know. If you interview with a “solution seeker” be concise – no rambling – get to the bottom line, while the “risk taker” feeds on excitement and lots of positive energy (be interesting and alive!).
Research and connect with the company’s vision, mission, products and services. Demonstrate your ability to synthesize information, problem solve, communicate. All of your focus goes into emphasizing your strengths, not your weaknesses.
As every interview question is designed to see how you fit with the work culture, always be the absolute best version of yourself. Give the interviewer an idea of what life will be like with you as a member of the team. Communicate that you aren’t just looking for any job. Say, “I am the person for this position!”
Your “It” Factor
You didn’t wake up this morning and plan to be mediocre.
It’s time to be “on” when it matters the most. Hint hint…the interview. Hint hint…networking. Show interest and passion. You have the talent and the energy. Respond to every question with an affirmative response. Drive enthusiasm, gain buy-in for their interest in you. Engage with the interviewer through rapport building and create a personal connection. Focus on themes to make your message all about how you will elevate the company. Provide objective content regarding your abilities and talents.
Create a one-line personal value statement to articulate what you do incredibly well.
Ensure that showtime at the interview is not the first time. Rehearse the actual words you will say. See the actual body language you will use. The internet is loaded with sample interview questions. Practice your energy.
You ready to crush it? Everywhere you go. Everything you do. Every move you make. Every word you say. Every look you give. Everything is GREAT. They want it. You’ve got it!
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Brighton College is about creating the ultimate learning experience and driving employability skills for the working/non-working and the underserved.
Dreams fulfilled through better learning.
We are proud of this new partnership with Career Connectors to offer the best support from both organizations from enrollment to employed.
We believe this starts by identifying your natural talents through behavioral and skill-based surveys and assessments. With this knowledge we help you identify a customized learning pathway, then leverage innovative technology to deliver these in-demand courses and programs that lead to improved employability skills:
• Technical Support
• Cyber Security
• Medical Billing and Coding
• Pharmacy Technician
• Web & Graphic Design
• Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
• Short-term Allied Health Certificate Programs
• Short-term IT Certificate Programs
• Customer Service Certification Programs
Student and Career Services Support (resume help, mock interviews) for your journey. Online, at your own pace!
Jessica Pierce thanked the Career Connectors volunteer staff and encouraged all attendees to make full use of the career transition resources – speaking with the hiring company representatives, utilizing the professional resume writers, connecting with the LinkedIn coaches, getting a business portrait and taking the free DISC Assessment. The next Career Connectors event is Wednesday, February 5th in Phoenix from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Cheryl Covert will present “Where the Jobs Are.”