Hypothetical Answer A: One that’s full-time with decent pay, health benefits and at least two weeks’ vacation…
Hypothetical Answer B: An opportunity where I can apply my general management skills to drive an organization’s revenue growth, client satisfaction/retention and increased market share…
Do you notice any difference in the hypothetical responses? As you can discern, Answer A speaks about the job seeker and what the job seeker wants. Answer B offers a bit of insight as to what the candidate can do for the organization and how they will add value. In today’s intensely competitive job market, it takes but a few seconds for a Hiring Manager to ‘get’ that you are not the one for them if by chance you chose Hypothetical Answer A. Do your very best to understand the employer’s needs and then provide evidence as to how you will go about contributing to same.
Here’s something further to consider…let’s say that you are relocating to Oregon and would love to go to work with Adidas. Let’s further suppose that your resume has made the cut and a corporate recruiter starts your phone interview with these two particular questions.
- Tell me about the origination of the word ADIDAS.
- Please share with me the founder’s three basic principles for the ADIDAS brand?
Imagine your shock and surprise if you do not now know the answers to something so basic that would have been so easy for you to research in advance. Are you a job seeker or are you a job sleuth on a mission to connect the pieces of your employment puzzle?
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