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Food for Thought #7 * Job interviews can be life-changing events – treat them that way!

Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted
One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted
One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

-Eminem-

What are once in a lifetime opportunities?

One might be you get engaged – it’s one of the moments in your life where you’ll want to “nail it”.

Get the words right, pick the location, set the mood. Hopefully, you’ll only have to do it once and you want to be on point with your A game to ensure you get the YES.

Let’s say in your same lifetime, you purchase 3 or 4 homes – maybe you move, trade up, downsize, whatever.

That’s 3 or 4 offers, 3 or 4 closings you’ve got to show up for, get your financing right, and sign off on.

All the paperwork has to be in order, you’ve got to close on a particular date, lots of moving parts, but 3 or 4 times in your life, you’ve got to “nail it.”

Same for your career.

How many times in your life do you audition for an opportunity that can radically impact your personal, professional, financial, and family’s life?

Less than 10 times I’d guess, maybe half that for some people.

So here are my questions…

  1. Why would you risk being late for a phone screen, a face to face interview, a call with a recruiter?
  2. Why wouldn’t you spend a few hours researching the company, reading every press release, reading every executive’s biography and every potential team member’s Linked In profile?
  3. Why wouldn’t spell-check your resume?
  4. Why wouldn’t you have someone verify there are no grammatical errors in your resume?
  5. Why wouldn’t you do an audit of your expenses, finances, annual and personal goals and have a minimum compensation package in mind BEFORE you interview or talk to someone, including a recruiter?

Next time you take on a job search, look at it as a potentially life-altering experience…. because that’s exactly what it is!