Job Interview Success With Robert California
Although the Occupy Wall Street movement probably won’t change the status quo, it is bringing awareness and spurring lively discussions. Just like after graduation from college, the protestors will eventually need to find a job. When you get your job interview, how will you respond?
I normally make the best of my situation so it is a little surprising that I would even look at an unsolicited job opportunity. I was pretty happy with my job, have great co-workers, and interesting projects, most of the time. I’ve never been about the money, but since I could be looking at a decent pay raise, I owed it to myself to investigate.
Out With The Old
My pre-interview routine was quite simple. Lose my mind with anxiety attacks, scour interview advice, review my resume endlessly, absorb guidance from friends, cram last minute so hopefully I can whip the item out in case of an emergency. I would be a nervous wreck and perform at my lowest level possible. I got lucky sometimes and got the position, but sometimes it went the other way. This time I went the extreme opposite. I was going to the interview as Robert California.
In With The New
I’m being overdramatic, but there was an interview where I was under qualified, but calm, cool, and myself. The hiring manager decided to give me a chance, but I already moved on to another opportunity. This time with a good job in hand, I had nothing to lose. I went in with extra confidence in my skills, experience, and qualifications. I went in comfortable with the fact that if things didn’t go my way in the interview, we were both better off. We might not be a good fit. Better to know right away and move to Plan B than start something, have it completely blow up in everyone’s faces, and deal with the messy aftermath. If the interview clicks, everyone feels it.
I did slip a little on salary talks, but for the most part, I ran the interview exactly how I wanted. I remembered to smile, control overusing my hands when expressing myself, and I let my personality shine. I didn’t assess all my interviewers, creep anyone out, and come off as a genius like Robert California. But I do believe I got the same result. I nailed my interview. If you channel your inner Buck Inspire, I’m sure you will, too.