It’s always about scoring isn’t it? …but scoring isn’t simple. I have 8 factors that just might describe why you weren’t chosen for the job.
Do you remember those flashbacks when you were growing up?
Remember those days when you went out to play a game of cricket, soccer or footie with the playmates or neighbours. It was the same situation every-time. The kids would get together and usually two people were selected to choose teams.
You always believed to know which person was going to be selected first and who was commonly the person that would be selected last. If I was asked to do the picking I remember that I always looked for the most athletic, most competent player to pick first. I always wanted the biggest and strongest, fastest and hardworking guys on my team. The poor guy who hadn’t hit adolescence was usually the one that was picked last.
It’s not fair – I know, but it’s the truth.
It was fairly simple when we were kids. In sports, no one cared who’s the smartest guy was or if he/she had the best character. You also didn’t have to be friendly with the rest of the team. I just wanted you if I knew that you are a good player. The rest was irrelevant. The whole selection ritual was about one thing. It was about scoring goals and ultimately it was about winning.
Things have evolved. Picking your team for work is definitely more complex and difficult than selecting your childhood pick-up sports teams. Those that are typically engaged to help, the Hiring Managers or recruiters, have a bit more on their hands. The face of recruiting and hiring consistently changes. Recruiters don’t look for pure strength (or the best skill set) anymore and they certainly couldn’t care less if you were the favourite guy at Uni or High School.
These headhunters- recruiters – HR-Professionals are looking for something much more… I know what you might be thinking now and I would not be surprised if I get a number of emails again with issues about hiring rookies or black sheep headhunters. But, this blog is not about them. This blog post is about you!
You may think you have it all – the skill set, education and your work history at some really cool companies. So, why the heck where you not selected? I am going to give you a few simple and possible reasons. For those of you who read my blog posts, you know I am straight-forward. I pretty much say it like it is, because I was taught that what you think is what you should say and what you say is what you should do and what you do is what you should be. I guess you know what I mean. I believe honesty is the only way you can improve and that’s why I like to say things the way they are.
I want to see you succeed. So, here it is. Maybe, just maybe:
Are you sick of the word ‘culture’ yet? Well, it’s getting worse. If you don’t live behind a rock, you will have noticed that more and more of the successful businesses value culture over strategy, knowledge, experience and all the other ‘sometimes’ overrated rest. It really does not matter if you have tonnes of it. If you don’t fit the culture you are likely to lose out.
Culture is a big part of it! People want to work with people that they will get along with and that will fit in well with the dynamics of the company.
When you go into an interview, be well prepared. Know everything there is to know about the company, the position, and the key decision makers. You also have to go to the interview with a big smile, well dressed and a genuine and fantastic attitude.
If you do these things, and if you embrace the intangibles, you are definitely improving your chances to be picked for the team.
Oh, and one more thing. Please don’t compromise yourself. Don’t tell them what you think they want to hear just to get the job. If it isn’t the right fit for YOU, then you shouldn’t take the job anyway. YOU SHOULD BE interviewing them as much as they are interviewing you!
You know what I keep saying – so good luck and remember hunt wisely!