I have been working with multiple executive search firms. There are pros and cons to this approach.
It increases the number of jobs I will be exposed to, but also increases the amount of research time required and the amount of organization required.
Over the past two weeks, I have had the fortune to:
- meet with 4 recruiters to discuss specific jobs
- interview 7 times for one company
- interview 3 times for another company
- research one job and company that I determined was not a good fit for me
This has all required time, effort, organization, and dedication. I had to be ready to sell myself to the recruiters so they would in turn share great opportunities with me and be willing to sell me to their clients. I had to study up on the two companies, keep reading my resume to be ready for any questions that came from specific words on it, and study the job profile in detail to be prepared with my questions for the interviewers.
In many cases, I will fortunate that the person interviewing me had a profile on LinkedIn (and sometimes a picture) so I was able to know a bit about them before meeting for the first time.
I have kept my head focused, and my attitude positive. This is not as easy as it sounds. Job searching is tiring and frustrating at times. It is also exciting and energizing at other times. It is important just prior to each interview for me to remember that the next hour could have a huge impact on my career and my life so I don’t look at it as a nuisance or a chore or an inconvenience. It does feel that way at times and I have been able to remind myself each time. If I don’t GET everything out of the discussion that I need in order to know if this would be a great job for me, and if I don’t GIVE everything to the discussion for the interviewer to know I would be a great candidate then the hour would be wasted.
I realize this is logical. For those in the middle of interviewing, it just helps to remind yourself.
Each day I have my plan. Research, interviews, networking, prep work, updating my plan. It’s easy in principle, and hard in action. Just like a job. And just like a job, I need to reach out for support and information and feedback. I am fortunate. I have opportunities to assess, and interviewers to attend, and friends for support.
These past two weeks were tough as I felt I had more research to do than normal and it took a lot of hours. My brain felt full and I wondered at one point if I could walk into an interview and spout off terrific relevant information…about the wrong company. But of course that didn’t happen and just the thought of it helped me to lighten up.
I am preparing for the week ahead. And though I am feeling good about the prospects for both companies that I interviewed with, I am meeting a recruiter this week about a job at another company. Who knows? Maybe it will sound better than everything I have heard so far.
Good luck to all of you interviewing right now. And for anyone preparing to do it soon, remember that it can be fun and exciting.
Go on. Put your best hand forward and wow them!
I know you know it, but just in case you don’t – you have to look the part of the role you are interviewing for. Read encouraging words here
if you need some convincing.