It is a well-known fact that today’s job market is extremely competitive. As a job applicant, the last thing you’ll want is to just blend in with everyone else.
There are many ways that a job candidate can showcase their talents and skills that will bring their application front and center.
Giving hiring managers a taste of “who you are” as opposed to “where you’re from” is not the usual route job seekers take when actively seeking a new role. But, in the eyes of Korn Ferry CEO Gary Burnison, the way in which you “ACT” is what will help you stand out during your next interview.
Mr. Burnison’s new book, ‘Lose the Resume, Land the Job,’ is a brand new primer on how to approach an interview, and it’s loaded with really good advice. As chief of the world’s largest executive search firm, if anyone knows, it is Mr. Burnison.
After writing a number of best-selling books on leadership, Mr. Burnison turns his focus to the person sitting across from the hiring manager, the candidate, and if you’re looking for a job, that’s YOU.
Here is the step-by-step approach from Mr. Burnison to help you get a leg up on the competition.
When you sit down at your next big job interview, you want to be as honest and genuine as possible. Don’t get caught fabricating your resume – it will only come back to haunt you. According to Mr. Burnison, over 81 percent of applicants lie on their resume. Don’t be one of them.
You also don’t want to go in with a scripted presentation of yourself. The idea is to be transparent to allow the interviewer to see the real you. Allow yourself to unfold, naturally.
How to Stand Out as a Job Applicant
It is a well-known fact that today’s job market is extremely competitive. HR professionals and hiring managers often face a daunting task when a position opens up and dozens, sometimes hundreds, of applications and resumes flood into their inbox.
Form a Connection
Starting a conversation with a hiring manager is an excellent way to reduce stress. It also allows you to be more familiar with the individual on the other end of the table. “That’s the key, make it conversational!” said Mr. Burnison.
Going into an interview with a little knowledge about the other person will go a long way if you can find common interests, passions or goals. But DO NOT go into any interview with how much money you will make or how good your title will look on a business card as the main things on your mind. Do your research and focus on the job at hand.
“[Many] focus on the money and the title and the bling, which is important,” said Mr. Burnison in an interview with Forbes. “But they ignore: Who am I going to be working for? What will it be like? What will I learn? Will I grow? Does this job make me excited? They fail to consider the soft things that are the arbitrators of your performance,” he added.
Taste for ‘Who You Are’
Give people a “taste” of who you are, what you do, and the contribution you can make to the company. When hiring managers interview you, they’re most likely asking themselves: “Can I work with this person? How will this person contribute to and interact with my team?”
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“Pretend you’re going on TV,” said Mr. Burnison. “Think about your biggest accomplishments and then come up with three bullet points about them.” Just stating points off your resume will not help give depth to the work you have done; you should be more inclined to tell a story about your biggest accomplishments.”
Most people think the resumé is 80 or 90 percent of getting a job, he added. “It’s not,” he said. “It’s only 10 percent.”
What happens is people spend so much time trying to come up with the right Roman font and action verbs for things they probably never did in the first place that they forget the true reason they are sitting at that interview, said Mr. Burnison.
In any situation – whether you’re interviewing for a job, meeting the CEO of your company for the first time, or coaching the summer intern who’s been assigned to your team – never lose your ACT. It truly is the key to a successful life and career!
Check out the rest of Mr. Burnison’s insights in ‘Lose the Resume, Land the Job.’ It is available everywhere.
Contributed by Andrew W. Mitchell, managing editor for Hunt Scanlon Media and Ezayo – the No. 1 HR global jobs platform.