Whether you are a baby boomer or a millennial or even a Gen X or Gen Y label, you will change jobs somewhere between 7 and 15 times in your lifetime. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 52% of college-educated workers will hold more than 10 different jobs 26% will hold 15 or more in their lifetime.
That is a lot of interview anxiety.
The good news is that our brains protect us from that scary process by burying most of the memories (just like childbirth or moving across the country). The bad news is that you will be faced with that process and more than likely be in an interview state. On average it takes between 6 and 12 weeks to land a new job and I you can muster 2-3 interviews per opportunity and you generate 3-4 opportunities . . . you get the math.
As you head into the process, I want you to answer one simple question about your strategy – is the wind behind you or blowing at you?
This simple interview question to yourself will set the tone for the entire process and ultimately determine what the end result will feel like.
I am Mr. Networker and as such have hosted humans of every age, gender, nationality and personality. I have also managed business sizes from 3 to 300 and all of the hiring responsibility that comes with that executive role.
There are two types of people who show up:
1. Those that come with an attitude I describe as the pursuit of gain, and
2. Those that share with me an attitude described as the avoidance of loss.
I borrowed this high-level concept and revelation from a recent Tim Ferriss podcast with Debbie Millman. Go listen, its amazing to here her share her journey.
I am a huge believer that you bring positive energy to as many situations as you can muster. The interview process is by far one of the key areas to bring that approach. Part and parcel of that high energy approach is a lean-in, unparalleled pursuit of gain. I am here to rock your world and I will add value to your company/department/division.
Too many show up in my office with a deer-in-the-headlights approach. Do you think that your unfortunate ending to your long career at XYZ and the glory and year-after-year promotions to middle management are key to your next step? That is a look back approach and I feel like it is an avoidance of loss strategy. Your only thought is to recreate that old magic.
Believe me, I am empathetic to your position. But that is yesterday’s news. Its time to fully embrace the pursuit of gain; the one interview strategy that makes all the difference in the world.