The articles in this chapter comment on the process involved in interviewing and finding a new position with a different company. Landing a job is similar to the landing of an airplane. Imagine your reaction if you heard an airline pilot make the announcement: “Ladies and gentlemen, we are now approaching Metrocity, please fasten your seatbelts and hope for a good landing.” “Hope” Is not a word any of us want to hear from a pilot! We want him/her to focus on preparation and execution, not hope! In exploring new job opportunities, hope should not be your primary focus either.
Carrying the analogy farther: For an airplane pilot, the correct airport (company) must be located, then the proper runway (position) must be identified, next, the proper approach must be made (preparation), the instruments (resume) adjusted accordingly to conditions, and finally, the approach (interview) aligned. Then and only then can the plane (candidate) land without incident; hope has nothing to do with it.
Most of us have gone through some rough airplane (and position) landings and may even have experienced an aborted landing. They are not fun! Many separate factors are involved. The pilot can control some of them while others such as weather, other aircraft, or mechanical difficulties are beyond their control. Independent of the root cause, the pilot must constantly adapt to the potential ever-changing environment. Candidates must take the same approach (pun intended). The company, just like the airport and runway, won’t change. The candidate (pilot) must. Or, based on conditions, the candidate may need to seek another company (airport).
The articles in this chapter are divided into three sections corresponding to the sequence of events that are likely to occur. The sections are Preparation, Resume, and the Interview itself.
As a disclaimer, the author is not an H/R professional or job placement specialist. However, the author, over the past forty-plus years, has written and reviewed many job descriptions, viewed thousands of resumes, and hired hundreds of people. The individuals varied from factory floor personnel to CEOs and virtually every position in between. For the most part, most of the placements were successful – but not all. These articles, aimed at the candidate, are intended to help the candidate prepare and then make the right decision.
There are only a small number of life-impacting decisions greater than selecting a job. Therefore, thoughtful preparation, objective evaluation, and quality execution should not be compromised.