Answering These Five Questions Will Make You Irresistible to Your Future Employer

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How can you become a hot commodity in your industry? How do you make recruiters and hiring managers chomp at the bit to have you on their (or their client’s) team? Take a cue from Catherine Jewell, The Career Passion Coach® and ask yourself these interview prep questions to rise above the competition. To hear more from Catherine, join our July 16th luncheon, “From Peeved to Passionate: How to stay motivated at work when things look down.”

“I want you on my team. What will it take to get you?”

A dream? Not exactly. One of my clients just got a call like this from his future boss. He knows he can ask a bit more than the first offer. And, he knows that he is golden, a great asset because his special expertise is just what’s needed.

How do you become irresistible to future employers?

It’s actually easier than you might think.

Hiring managers are looking to solve a problem.

They started having issues two, three or even six months ago. First, they reorganized the work, trying to get it done with the staff they had.

Then, they begged for new “head count.” Finally, a job description was written and the job was advertised. One-hundred-thirty-six resumes, 10 phone screens and five interviews later, they finally have someone they hope can do the job.

How do you convince employers you can do it?

With stories of your past successes. Stories that include enough detail to give the correct impression of how you work. And, with little enough

detail to tell in 60 seconds or less. (You can always elaborate if they are interested.) In short, they are looking for stories that PROVE you can do the job. So, you’ve got hundreds, even thousands, of stories from your past jobs that prove how you work.

How do you find such stories? By asking yourself these five questions:

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Here’s a challenge: Complete these five questions for three of your past jobs.

You will net about 10 great stories you can tell in your next interview. Told well, these stories make you irresistible.

This is an edited version of a post that Catherine Jewell wrote for her blog, titled “Irresistible You.” Learn more career insights from Catherine at the Austin AMA’s next luncheon on July 16: “From Peeved to Passionate: How to stay motivated at work when things look down.”