Our Take on The Handshake
Professional Businessmen and Women have a prophetic understanding of how to climb the corporate ladder and how to meet and greet prospective Employers with a presence of mind. Top-notch professionals approach every interview regardless of their interest level, with alacrity and aplomb. They know full well that unpreparedness can lead to inexplicable interviewing horrors and stop momentum in its tracks.
Our take is, these are the rock stars who make magic happen. The real Pros create opportunities; they seize the moment and almost always come out on top.
A select few of incorrigible types walk into an interview like they are doing you and everyone else a favor. They give off negative vibes right from the start. Instead of putting their best foot forward, they are tripping themselves up before they even get in the door.
Our take is, if your intent is to sabotage your interview, why take the interview at all? If the role is being misrepresented and you find yourself in nowhere land, it is best to ride out the interview in top form, and respectfully decline a second round interview. Our frustration would be with the Recruiter who schedules the interview in the first place. Be as selective in your choice of representation as you would be with the interviews you take, and you can avoid the mismatches in the future.
Then we have the candidates that really know their stuff. They are so impressive that interviewing protocols don’t even apply to them. A dress code might as well mean area code because they are going to wear whatever they feel like wearing in an interview. They will take interviews in shorts, sneakers, sandals, tee shirts, etc. Maybe they will be groomed and then again maybe not. We see a trend that has become synonymous with the devilish hi-tech crowd. Basically, the only rules are, that there are no rules.
Our take is, as long as the Employer makes it abundantly clear that laid back and informal is the way to go, we’re all in. I struggle with this one myself because I started my career in suits with ties, eventually moved to blazers and slacks, and now I am in blue jeans and pullovers. Who’d a thunk it?
Pay close attention to comparing and contrasting Superstars with the largest segment of the tech population as that is where the treasure trove lies; most techies know their way around interviewing pretty well. They may oversell their abilities a bit, or they may sell themselves way short. Sometimes the differential between the Recruiters’ assessment and what a candidate is truly capable of can be very far apart. There is a multitude of nuances that distinguish good candidates from the great ones, and in the absence of drawing a definitive conclusion, herculean errors in judgment can become a heavy lift and prove to be very costly.
Our take is, the gap between the Recruiter and the Candidate must narrow dramatically to have a modicum of success in the interviewing process.
The beauty of working with technologists, in our view, is that regardless of skill set, everyone seems to live in perfect harmony and coexistence. It’s a lot like the weather, one minute it is oppressively hot, and the next a snowstorm threatens the crops. I recognize this is a bit tangential, but as I write, I am reminded of the 1990’s when IBM 3090 mainframes, DOS/VS, VM, OS/MVS/XA, JES II, JES III, JCL, TSO/ISPF, etc. were all the rage, and now we are in a world that offers Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Big Data, Holograms, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, 3D Printing, etc. and tomorrow? Well, let’s meet up and talk it through. We would even consider backing a groundbreaking idea, and maybe we can reinvent the future together.
For now, we are here for you and your next job quest, because times change, needs change, and we all adapt.
Oh, and the proverbial handshake?
Our take is, strong, firm, weak, flimsy, clammy, who cares? Just get the job!
B Green – because we all share the same planet, we just have to learn how to move around in it again.