Get A New Job With Robert California

Last time I achieved job interview success by channeling my inner Robert California. One of my loyal readers, who is considering a new job, asked for more details. “There’s got to be more to it than being confident in yourself!” You are absolutely right.

Suit Up

Borrowing a move from Barney (How I Met Your Mother), when you go to your job interview, go in looking your best. It may be a hassle to wear a tie and dust off your suit, but looking your best will give you the best chance to perform your best. In a properly fitted suit, you are forced to have good posture and you feel larger than life. When you look good, you feel good. I have to admit, I gave myself the double thumbs up a few times while looking at myself in the mirror.

Match Experience With Requirments

Before going into the interview, I asked for a basic job description. Luckily for me, the job seemed custom tailored to me. My career strengths were a desperate need for my new employer. This boosted my growing confidence even more. If I chased after a job that was not a good match, I would have been more Dwight Schrute then Robert California.

Listen and Be Authentic

I mesh with most personalities, but I was fortunate that all team members who interviewed me clicked. I paid attention to their questions, reactions, and body language. In a way I was “figuring them out”. I followed up with my own questions and gave feedback, straight from the heart. I wasn’t freakishly confident like Spader, but I was confident enough to turn the tables when I saw fit. I was interviewing them as much as they were interviewing me. At the end of the interview, it was like old friends shooting the breeze.

Final Thoughts

I would like to think I got my new job because of my boyish good looks and dashing charm. The truth is, I had an ace up my sleeve and a man working on the inside. My old co-worker recommended me for the job. After the song and dance, my new boss confessed that I was pretty much hired because of my glowing reference. Do good work and let it speak for you. Last, but not least, don’t burn any bridges and continue to grow and maintain your network.

Stay Inspired!
Buck

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20 thoughts on “Get A New Job With Robert California”

  1. Don’t burn bridges! Great advice there. I see so many trash their co-workers, bosses, company policies etc., before leaving.

    This is a small world. You never know who might be your next boss or co-worker!

  2. I love busting out the suit, and I use pretty much any excuse I have to use one. Unlike Barney, I’m married, so go figure (I’m also an Engineer, so I must be slightly tapped).

    Also unlike Barney, my suits don’t cry out to me from the closet. So, there’s that.

  3. I also agree with not burning bridges. It is a small world and you would be surprised how connected everyone is. Just hold your head high and be respectful. Doing so just further impresses how good of a person you are and people will want to hire you.

  4. I love my interview suit. An Yves Saint-Laurent 3-button w/ classic lines picked up 15 years ago, and still fits and looks good. Add in an expensive tie and white shirt and I’m ready. If I was ever interviewing, that is, which I’m not.

  5. First off, Robert California has to be my new favorite character. I know many will disagree, but I never really liked Michel Scott….he always made me feel uncomfortable, and not in a funny way.

    As for your tips, spot on. I also like to always bring a well researched list of questions. It shows you’ve taken an interest and done some advanced prep. Also, there’s nothing worse than an interviewer asking if you have any questions and then you hear crickets chirping. Surely someone who seriously wants a job will have at least one question about it!

    Oh yes, and of course Dwight and Creed are my other favorites…

  6. “Listen and Be Authentic”

    The basic rules of humankind is to listen so that we can reach our goals and we can talk properly… just like what you did buck… that was the impressive ways of communication… Of course, I get another useful experience to use my upcoming interviews. :) Don’t forget, Be yourself and Critical-Thinker :)

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