We all do it, right? We all try to find hope in every coming year and it’s often with one of the big 3: Health, Love, or our Careers. I cannot help you much with the first two, but if you are looking for better interviewing tips and career advice – from an award-winning blog (Ahem, that’s us) – you are in the right place. Please allow me to introduce my friend, as he will be providing the advice for today. His name? Hugh Moore.
Let me start by saying we are VERY close. We have been through a lot together and if you are familiar with my writing style much of it can be attributed to my friend. Stephen King, too, for atleast 1/3.
What make Hugh so special? He really is nothing without his last name. He is no Madonna or Oprah; he is famously unfamous… When it comes to people anyway. He only has a few looks, but shines with an air of effervescence.
The floor is yours.
“Hello Bizzeebobber Nation,
As mentioned, my name is Hugh Moore. I want to share with you some secrets that I know ALL employers like. They ALL like me. So if you don’t have the most radical work experience or haven’t climbed mount Kilimanjaro (you know what I mean, no impressive stories to share during an interview) I got you covered. In fact, my secrets don’t just apply to job prospects. In life, you will find that my way works best with most things. Okay, so let’s get started.’
What employers like about Hugh Moore… “Secrets”…
1) At the interview: It’s okay to poke fun at yourself, but not others.
Never put others down to make yourself look famous especially if they aren’t in the room. That’s not the Hugh Moore way. This is analogous to the “Don’t throw others under the bus” clause. It’s not becoming. It really DOESN’T make you shine.
Employers will see your finger-pointing and shifty ways as a toxin they don’t want in their company. Now I am not talking about mild nuances or episodic inferences (Incidental at best). Blatant inferiority though? Nope.
Hugh Moore handbook – TIP: Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself a little. There is nothing wrong with sharing a story where it wasn’t the most favorable outcome. It makes you look human. We are all human. Well, most of us are anyway.
STOP! Please share a story about yourself in the comments below. Something that happened during an interview? Or, something that has happened during your career that makes YOU human. Use #BzboHuman in social media (Tag us @bizzeebobber when doing so)…
2) At the interview: Perception can be impactful, be aware of that scowl on your face.
Many are not aware of how their face can tell it all. So you don’t play poker? You walk into an interview and look frustrated, confused, or just plain mad. Not suggesting that you change who you are, but try to be conscious of the impression you impart to others. Perception and reality aren’t always the same.
For some of us we have serious or contemptuous faces. I sure don’t. Do not use a magic marker to remedy the situation. You are not a mannequin. Instead, try to think of something funny. Try to think happy thoughts. If you are smiling in your mind – or in your heart – let if out. Brevity is better than absence.
Hugh Moore handbook – TIP: I am at my best when I can manifest my true core. I like to smile! They don’t call me Hugh Moore for nothing. Work on addressing the psychological underpinnings of WHY you are interviewing in the first place. Or, picture everyone in their underwear. Please don’t sue me.
3) At the Interview: The art of conversing (or connecting)… it’s important!
Most of us who are good communicators know how to banter on about random things. We can talk about TV shows or sports, or even more obscurities like why some fruits have funny shapes. Always a favorite of mine. I mean, why did a pineapple get such a cool look – nice head of hair and everything? Steeped with the juiciest details. I am sure the pear or orange aren’t happy about it. Perhaps the mere apple is APPaLlEd too?
You can talk about the NOW. The weather, what happened on the way to the interview, or even highlights in the news. Stay away from Politics. PLEASE, stay away from politics.
Through all discussions (my way) there is likely a slight touch of hand. Grazing of the shoulder. Best yet, a welcome bear hug, but that is for advanced interviewees. HUGH or HUGE bear hugs… it’s vulnerability. You have to put yourself out there and be open to it. It’s read from the person’s smile or body movements and gestures. In no cases, does it happen when one is TOO serious or stodgy. Don’t be a mannequin. Mannequins don’t feel – there’s no laughter. We engage with others who are friendly or infuse lightness and fun into a situation.
Hugh Moore handbook – TIP: Be the pineapple.
4) At the Interview AND On Planet Earth: HUMOR
This is Hugh Moore’s signature trademark. My namesake. My finest hour.
You won’t always have the best resume, work experience, or qualifications. You cannot control all of that. BUT, you can have humor. You can find it in everything; It’s omnipresent.
It will help you relate to others. You can attract the right vibe. It’s been know to extend lives…
Humor is memorable. It’s being bold, but not too bold. Never be Hugh Moore MORE. But I suppose it’s better than Hugh Moore LESS.
Hugh Moore handbook – TIP: STOP picturing others in their underwear!