Job Search Advice Our Presidential Candidates Should Follow

Job Search Advice Our Presidential Candidates Should Follow
From Recruiter - October 7, 2016

As Election Day approaches and the fight for the most coveted job in American politics ramps up, both of our presidential candidates might want to review some of the followinginterview tips.

After all, they are interviewing for a job (in a way)and unfortunately, theyre making some of the most common interviewmistakes!

1. Be Honest, But Dont Be Horrifying

Its great to say what you really think. Offeringa unique perspective shows youre capable of original thought and innovation.

But you should be wary of letting it all hang out. Being different is never a bad thing, but being seen as a loose cannon isnt the best way to win allies and influence people. While it may seem to work for presidential candidates with combovers who have enjoyed second careers as reality TV stars, its not a great idea for the rest of us.

2. Dont Be Too Closed Off

An interview can be uncomfortable and make you feel like youre under a microscope. As a result, you may unknowingly project your internal discomfort, leaving the interviewer wondering who you really are and what youre really all about. (AhemHillary.) You may have the best intentions, but if they arent conveyed explicitly, you can forget about being hired (or becoming president).

3. Admit That Youve Made MistakesThenShow That Youve Learned From Them

Without a doubt, this is advice all politicians should heed. Theyre only human. Mistakes are a part of lifeand they can be great pathways for personal and professional development. The ability to admityour mistakes is a trait employers look forand so should the American public.

If youre ever asked for an example of a mistake youve made, you dont need to go into too much detail, but you must be sure to take responsibility. Share what you learned from the mistake and be sure to mention that youll never let it happen again. It could look something like this: I unfortunately made a bad decision for the country for my own personal convenience. Using my personal email for official U.S. business was wrong. I own that, and I have learned from my mistake. As a result, Im going to pause before making such decisions in the future to consider who is actually benefitting from the action and make sure the answer is always the people of the United States.

4. Try Not to Insult the Interviewer


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