We Aren't Playing Backyard Football Anymore

Remember growing up playing a little backyard football with your neighbors?  Two people were selected to pick teams. You always knew the person who was going to be selected first and typically the person who would be selected last. The most athletic, most capable individuals were picked first. I know I always wanted the biggest and strongest people on my team. The poor guy who hadn’t hit puberty was usually the last one picked.

It was pretty straight forward when we were kids. You didn’t need to be the smartest person, and you didn’t need to have the best personality. You didn’t have to be best friends with the people you were playing with. No. It was purely about winning when we were younger.

Things have changed haven’t they? Picking your team has gotten a little more difficult. As recruiters we are match makers. We don’t look for pure strength anymore. We could care less if you were High School favorite. We are looking for something much more.

You may think you have it all. You have the skill set, you have the education, and you have worked for the right companies. So, why then were you not selected? I am going to give you some possible reasons. For those of you who read my blogs, you know I am not one to sugar coat things; I pretty much say it like it is. I believe honesty is the only way you can improve. I truly want to see you succeed. Maybe, just maybe:

1. You Are Overconfident

2. You Don’t Show Enthusiasm

3. You Don’t Mesh with the Team

4. You Co-Workers Don’t Have Good Things to Say About You

5.  You Are Set In Your Ways

6.  You Are Inflexible With Hours, Remote Work or Relocation

7.  You Want Too Much OR…Too Little Money (yes, you can underbid yourself)

8.  You Aren’t Confident ENOUGH

You see- these are intangibles. The next time you go on an interview you have to realize that just having the skills is NOT ENOUGH anymore. You really have to be a good fit with the organization. Are you sick of the word “culture” yet? Well, get over it. It is a huge part of it! People want to work with people whom they will get along with.

When you go into an interview, be 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, shined shoes and a fantastic attitude. If you do these things, and think about the intangibles, you are setting yourself up for success.

Oh, and lastly.. Please, please, please don’t compromise yourself. Don’t tell them what 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. YOU should be interviewing THEM as much as they are interviewing you!

This post originally appeared on Bulls Eye Recruiting

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Comment by Derdiver on June 24, 2014 at 10:52am

This resonates with me greatly "Don’t tell them what 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. YOU should be interviewing THEM as much as they are interviewing you!" I have had companies in my past shocked that I told them that I was no longer interested in continuing the interview process. NEVER compromise yourself as it will only cause problems in the future. #truestory

Comment by Will Thomson on June 24, 2014 at 11:47am

Thanks Derek!  Never compromise.  You are who you are.  Don't say something that they want to hear, you will be miserable in your job!

Comment by Keith Halperin on June 24, 2014 at 8:58pm

Gentlemen (and observing Ladies): I'm glad you've been in situations where you can be true to yourselves, without having to "compromise" or "pass". That hasn't often been the case with me....

That's why I like Recruiting Blogs- I can be more of the REAL Keith *here.


*Where no only am I not physically with you, but I'm not even speaking with you.

Comment by Will Thomson on June 24, 2014 at 11:55pm

Hey Keith,  as recruiters, we know what people "want" to hear.  At this stage in my career, I just don't want to do that anymore.  It saves a ton of heartache down the line.  Made some real mistakes by answering personality tests the way I thought they should have been answered.  I am who I am..  

Comment by Keith Halperin on June 25, 2014 at 8:11pm

Thanks Will. I hear you- we're both "too old for that ****". However, since my phone isn't yet ringing off the hook with lots of wonderful $100+/hr contracts/consulting gigs I still have to eat some of that **** from time to time.

Keep Blogging, Sir!


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