Quote of the Day: “The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.”
- Bill Cosby
I got a call today from my good friend Paul who works at Microsoft. He told me about a friend of his that owned a company and was looking for a project manager.
Cool, because I’m, well, kinda still out of work and stuff like a job, money, and a purpose would be cool beans about now.
So I got to work right away. I went right to the computer and did an intel research that would make the CIA and FBI say “Whoa, Dude, calm down. The CEO’s underwear color preference is not a deal-maker or breaker here.”
I played the net like a violin, looking up the company and scouring every detail about the company. I committed to memory every detail available on the net. I even looked into the CEOs net presence, found out his hobbies, likes, dislikes, and researched those.
I read up on his favorite authors. I looked into his former companies and constructed a timeline of what he has been doing personally and professionally for the last decade.
Yes, I was cyberstalking but I prefer to call it “due diligence research.”
That was my night. Research, research, research.
My breaks were going over my own resume and practicing the list of answers I’ve written down for the most common questions asked during an interview.
I am not kidding, every time I see an article that says “10 Hardest Interview Questions” or “100 Most Common Interview Questions,” I copy it, paste it into a Word file I created, and answer them one by one. Then I read that over and over and over.
As I find more lists, I paste those in and answer them.
Then read, re-read, and re-re-read until I am sick of the subject of “me”!
My only hurdle now is to avoid sounding too practiced. I’ve always been a good presenter so I am not too worried about that and just the mechanics of hearing a question and answering should set me up to ad-lib any oddball question that might slip through my net.
“So, what is your name?”
I have nightmares about such scenarios.
Free Advice for Today: “Never threaten if you don’t intend to back it up.”
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.