In his famous work (All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten), Robert Fulghum knew the value of the fundamentals. Today, we’re having a little fun with that concept and going over some life lessons we learned from mom. Not surprisingly, they fit into adulthood and into your job search.
I’m sure you don’t go into interviews planning to be rude. So, of course, the point here is a bit more specific and subtle. When you report for an interview, smile and say hi. Make eye contact and let everyone see that you’re happy to be there. Say please and thank you. These things make a difference, and they do help you stand out.
And last, make sure you are nice to everyone, not just the CEO or the interviewer(s). Be kind to administrative assistants and receptionists. Not only is it just the right thing to do, but it helps you as well. It’s not uncommon for a CEO or executive to ask the receptionist for his/her feedback on interaction with a candidate.
Sit up straight
How many of us heard this line on a regular basis growing up? Moms are usually concerned that slouching can make one look a little lazy or disinterested. Well, they kind of have a point here. Take a mental note of your posture and body language. Find something that’s comfortable but something that also indicates interest in the conversation. Looks like mom was right!
Say thank you
It seems that interviewees often operate on an assumption that everyone sends a thank-you email after an interview. Therefore, it can’t possibly be a way to stand out. Well, as a result, hardly anyone sends a thank-you note. What a fantastic way to stand out and get your name out there yet again! It’s simple, literally takes seconds to do, and can really help you significantly.
Just like when we were kids, it’s pretty tempting to make up a pretty answer to a question. Well, getting caught in a lie has fairly similar consequences now as it did then. Not too much has changed! Sometimes honesty isn’t easy to navigate, but creating diplomatic answers to everything is part of this process. In the end, it makes life easier. If we’re telling the truth, we never have to worry about getting our story straight.
Written by Adam Lafield, Recruiter & Marketing Specialist