Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Did vs. DO

Repost: original by Charlotte Byndas/ Career Agents Network….www.cbshout.com

K.I.S.S. and preparing for an interview/career move

If any of the recent media reports are accurate it is likely you are not thrilled with your current job and are soon to be looking for a new one, so today I thought I would share a tip on prepping for the process.

For those of you not aware this stands for Keep It Simple Silly.

I find this concept works well when advising professionals on how to prepare to interview for their next career step. This advice can be packaged in two words, did and Do, so simple the concept can fit on the back of a business card but so important that it can make the difference between getting a job offer or being wished the best of luck.

Let's take a closer look at the formula…

did/ Do

If you notice here the did is much smaller than the DO, which is representative of how much time should be spent on what during an interview. What you did in the past is important but what is more important is what you can DO for the new company if you got hired.

I would suggest that as you start to take a look at where you want your take your career, focus in on what you want to DO, and then prepare discussions points to discuss during an interview that demonstrate your ability to DO what the manager needs to get done. Managers extend offers to the professionals that they have the confidence WANT and can DO the job they need to have done. Your job in an interview is to give the manager that level of confidence in you.

This is important to emphasis since I see many people who waste important time in an interview on details in their employment history that have no correlation to the work they want to DO. When asked in an interview, "tell me about yourself", what they are really asking it "tell me what you want to DO with your career and why will you be GOOD at DOING that with our company".

I hope you've enjoyed this guest post.

Happy and healthy hiring. One successful candidate and client at a time.



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