Job interviews can be unnerving at best. Whether you get the job or not, you always win. You just never know what the prize is going to be.

Two weeks ago I had an interview for an entry level job developer’s position for a large Vancouver organization that serves a large population of immigrants. The job would have been an easy one, but as I mentioned it was an entry level position. What I really mean by “entry level” was the salary was to be the same as I was making 10 years ago when I first had an employment counsellor’s positin.

Nevertheless, I persevered through the interview. I put the thoughts of mortgage money and whether I would starve to death in the first month on the back burner and began to show off.

I even used some titles off this blog such as “How to cheat at a job interview by getting someone else to do it, then I told some of my success stories about getting some of my recent clients good paying positions that matched the level and intensity of the skills they had.

Towards the end of the interview I had an opportunity to answer the question, “Do you have any questions about us?”  I told the interviewers that I did. “What,” I asked, “would be the qualities of the person who would best suit this job?”

One of the interviewers said, “You know, that’s a really good question.”

I agreed with him and told him that If I was together enough to keep track of the answer, I could respond in point form about how my experience exactly matches the response. I would be giving the interviewer one more chance to hear me recite my resume. It would be my second chance at making a favourable first impression. I told him that I always have my clients write it down and use it word for word.

I wasn’t going to leave it there, though. “So I’m serious. Who are you looking for?

It second interviewer answered by mentioning cold calling, networking, facilitating, and knowledge of the local labour market. True to my word, I was able to recite my resume in a form that matched my answers.

In other words, I had altogether too much fun – even though fun neither pays the mortgage, nor does it put pork and beans on the table.

Or does it?

A day later, I wrote a thank you note to the interviewers, and I received a call from one of the other interviewers telling me that I was not successful, although he said I have a “…great skills set and I would probably find work soon

On Friday, when I wasn’t at home, I received both a call and an email from an administrator of a huve agency inviting to participate in another interview. This time it is for a position entitled Program Director –  Employment Services. This would not be an entry level position.

The funny thing was, I never applied for the position. In fact, I don’t think it was posted. I think it resulted from the above interview.

If you’re a job seeker, and you get a chance for a job interview, take it. You never know what will happen.

Mike Broderick WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he FOUND employment for people with physical disabilities.
He remains an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist and is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to alive magazine in Port Coquitlam. You can reach him at home at  or at 604-464-4105
If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates .
Apparently 22% of companies in the Greater Vancouver area will be hiring within the next month. Get your resumes ready.



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  2. energywriter Says:

    Great question. I’m going to file that one in my brain’s file cabinet and draw on it when necessary.

  3. Ankur Mithal Says:

    Point well made. If you can, avoid desperation for a job. Be what you are and you will get what you deserve.

    • mikebroderick Says:

      Good point, Ankur. I’m just getting used to the idea of working at home. It’s nt growing on me yet,so I’m renovating the basement. Every time Home and Garden TV comes on, I end up with a hammer in my hand. This week I erected and demolished the same wall 3 times because I putthe bathtub in the wrong place. That’s the desperation of not working

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