Sunday, June 05, 2005

Interviewing Screw Up’s – GET A GRIP – Speak up NOW

I’ve been interviewing a lot of nurses and nurse practitioners lately for a great project for a client I'm working on this project with a stragetic partner called The project is terrific and the position we are helping to hire for is awesome and rare for healthcare. However, I’ve noted a dreaded trend in the interviewing style of those I’ve been speaking with – they don’t get that they have to speak up about their accomplishments.

If you are looking for a new career opportunity and have an interview with someone about your skills and potential fit with a company – DON’T BE SHY ABOUT YOUR ACOMPLISHMENTS. I can’t decide if it is the profession or the personality drawn to the profession, but the nursing professionals I’ve met are hard pressed to define their accomplishments. GET OVER IT. In an interview situation, you only have that moment to speak up about why you are a successful contributor and how you can add value to the organization of a prospective employer. If you snooze you lose. You might be talking with a good interviewer who has the ability to ask questions that help you show your contributions, but if you are shy or have misplaced humility then the interviewer is going to have to move on to a candidate with more confidence and aplomb about their contributions.

There is no patience for a reluctant interviewee. There is no time for false humility. In this competitive market for really good jobs – YOU have to be the champion of your contributions. No one else will or can do it for you. The competitive edge goes to those who can, with clarity, demonstrate value to a prospective employer by showing previous contributions which can be replicated in a new situation. Learning how to do this will make YOU the chosen hire.

Since my job as a recruiting professional is mining diamonds from the rest, I wish you the best.