INTERVIEW TIP #1: DON’T SAY NOTHIN’


I suppose I should try to put in a piece that is On Topic, otherwise people will think I’m immature. Therefore this column is dedicated to help you get the job from whatever company you unloaded that craftily constructed tome known as “Your Resume.” People that get tomes craftily constructed by yours truly often find themselves on the next stage of their journey: The Interview.

 INTERVIEW TIP NUMBER 1:  Don’t Say Nothing

This KILLER QUESTION usually comes at the end of an interview. It’s a tricky one guaranteed to terrorize the most confident job seeker.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT US?

Most people say no. Coach Tony Waiters of the Vancouver Whitecaps of the 1980s once expounded on  the penalty kick. He instructed his keepers to either dive to the fight or to the left. That way there would be a 50% chance of getting a 30% chance of making a save.

Don’t do nothing, he said, making full positive use of the double negative. Similarly, it is a mistake to say nothing in response to this question.

An interview is supposed to be a conversation. The employer wants to see it you have the jam to find out what you really want to know. Try this question:

What makes your company the one that everybody wants to work for?

This gives the opportunity for the employer to toot his own horn for a while. He’s been listening to your song, now it’s your turn to listen to his.

Follow this up with a killer question of your own.

In your opinion, what qualities would the best person to fill this position have – beyond the job description?

Listen to the answer. It will likely be in a laundry list resembling your own profile. At the end, tell the employer that his answer matched your qualities. If you follow this up with a thank you note a few hours later, you will definitely be on the short list.

Mike Broderick is an Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he finds employment for people with physical disabilities. Part of this work means affiliation with the Vancouver Board of Trade where he is a member of the Ambassador Club, the Burnaby Board of Trade where he is a member of the Labour Task Force, the Tri Cities Chamber of Commerce where he is an active member of the 10X10 initiative, and the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce. He also does some work as a field Archaeologist. He is also a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to alive magazineDoctor in Port Coquitlam. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net or at michaelb@neilsquire.ca.re looking for a change, start with a resume makeover at competitive rates

When he is not doing all this he lives in Port Coquitlam with his partner Cecelia

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