If you have been following Boomer’s job search journey, you know he has been preparing for an interview. He has developed a much stronger resume, created a personal social media identity and has take some constructive criticism regarding how he presents face-to-face. So, how did it go?
Boomer took all the advice he received to heart. He wore a navy blazer, tweed slacks, loafers and a red tie. He practiced his mock question responses in front of the mirror and realized he wasn’t smiling which made him appear a little stern. As a result, he course corrected and, by the time he crossed the threshold into the conference room, he was confident that he was ready.
Good thing we covered behaviorally based questions, because that is exactly what this interviewer used. Boomer had penned hints for himself in the margins of the pad in his portfolio, so was ready with, not only real-life examples, but he was equipped to use the best of his real-life examples. Therefore, he had command of the exchange and was poised to drive the conversation to focus on his strengths by demonstrating measurable accomplishments. Because he took the time to prepare, his responses were natural, seamless and confident.
An hour and a half after walking into the interview, it was winding down and he was given the opportunity to ask questions. Again, his preparation paid off and he was able to gather critical information, continue to enforce his strong business acumen and state that he was very interested in exploring the opportunity further.
After returning home and writing his Thank You letters, he received a notice to connect with the interviewer on LinkedIn. As it turned out, they were in two of the same groups. This increased the chance that the interviewer would take a look at the discussions Boomer participated in giving him another venue to shine.
A couple of days after the initial interview, Boomer was invited back for a final interview. Because this wasn’t an executive position, more than two interviews were not necessary, which certainly pleased Boomer. Boomer approached the final interview using the same process he used the in the first interview, only this time he needed much less assistance from me.
We did discuss that the final interview would, most likely, be less about functional expertise/experience and more about cultural fit. This would be his opportunity to use examples demonstrating integrity, professionalism, leadership and/or his ability to manage change. He, again, wrote hints for best examples of these in the margins of his portfolio and was much more confident in closing the deal.
As you might imagine, Boomer did very well. They were concerned that it was a lesser position than his last, but he was ready for that challenge and convinced them he had a genuine passion for this particular job.
The day following the final interview, Boomer received an offer via the telephone. It was certainly less money than what he was making previously, but was in the mid-range for this position for which he was interviewing. He successfully negotiated for more vacation time, which was of great value to him, and accepted the new position.
In the final chapter of this story, we will prepare Boomer for his first day of his new job. Stay tuned…