When I had to hire my first employee for one of my businesses, 7 concerns swirled around my mind. The person who eventually got the job was the one who addressed all of my concerns with how he presented himself to me.
If you want to get your dream job, you need to understand what is going on in the minds of the people in a position to hire you. No matter what organization you want to work for, and no matter what type of work you want to do, every employer and hiring person is secretly asking themselves 7 questions about EVERY job candidate and potential new hire.
Many hiring persons probably don’t even recognize that they are subconsciously asking themselves these questions, and none of them will blatantly ask you these 7 questions. However, you still need to address them in every interaction you have with potential employers:
1. How much can we trust you? If an employer doesn’t think they can trust you, you aren’t going to get hired, no matter how talented you are. Position yourself as someone who can be trusted.
2. How hard are you willing to work? If employers think you are lazy or unmotivated, you aren’t going to get hired, no matter how talented you are. Position yourself as someone willing to work hard.
3. Are you going to be a pain in the “neck?” If employers think you are going to be tough to manage or get along with, you aren’t going to get hired, no matter how talented you are. Position yourself as someone who gets along well with others.
4. Are you going to have one foot out the door from day 1? If employers think you aren’t committed to their organization for the long-term, you aren’t going to get hired, no matter how talented you are. Position yourself as someone who really wants to work for the selected employer.
5. How much are we going to need to hold your hand? If employers think it will take a lot of time and effort to get you up to speed, you aren’t going to get hired, no matter how talented you are. Position yourself as someone who can contribute from the start.
6. Are you going to embarrass us? If employers think you won’t represent them well in-person and online, you aren’t going to get hired, no matter how talented you are. As social media and the Internet continue to evolve, this is becoming more and more important. Position yourself as someone who is professional and responsible.
7. Are you more than capable of delivering the results we need in this position? If employers don’t think you can get the job done better than anyone else, you aren’t going to get hired, no matter how talented you are. Note: if you satisfy the first 6 concerns, this concern is often eliminated, even if you don’t have a lot of relevant work experience.
The hiring process is like dating in many ways. When you first meet someone, you size them up (subconsciously or consciously), and you make judgments about their personality, character, value, and how much you fit with each other. It’s the same with getting your dream job. Overcome the 7 concerns every employer has about job candidates and new hires, and you will significantly increase your chances of getting your dream job!
-President of Idealize Enterprises
-Creator of The Dream Job College Tour
-Creator of The Washington Wizards’ Sports Careers Day
P.S. To learn more about my programs and availability for The 2011 Dream Job College Tour (or for individual career coaching), please send an email to Pete@IdealizeNow.com.