I am a big fan of spy and detective movies. Spies and detectives are portrayed as having unusually well-developed powers of observation … they see things we overlook and are able to make deductions from what they observe … and in the movies, they are always correct.
But, spies and detectives are good at observing things and not very good relating to people, that is observing social cues and understanding people and their emotional, often irrational, needs; what is now called Emotional Intelligence or EQ.
Likewise, many job seekers make mistakes reading cues from recruiters, HR people and hiring managers and position themselves in ways they perceive will strengthen their position when what they are really doing is acting counter-productively to their best interests; they are lacking JQ or Job Seeking Intelligence.
Other Interviews – stating you have several other interviews therefore limiting your availability for a phone interview with a recruiter rather than doing everything possible to talk to the recruiter as soon as possible and at her available times.
Post Interview Follow-Up – not taking steps following an interview to indicate a great deal of interest in the opportunity.
Salary – stating your current/recent salary and that you have no interest in anything equal to or below that figure.
Interviewing for a job is a lot like courtship. If after a first date, a guy says to his date, “I had a wonderful time and would like to see you again” and she says, “I would like that very much” – saying you would like another date does not commit you marriage but imagine how happy both parties are following the date versus the silly Seinfeld rules of the guy doing nothing for 3 days and the woman not knowing where she stands.
Just as the dating scene is full of minefields and attempts to read the mind of the other party, the job seeking scene is more challenging – far more competitive, far more at stake if you have been unemployed a number of months and a far more complicated decision for a company to make than a woman deciding to go on another date.
Don’t listen to your buddies when dating nor when searching for a job – consult a professional. ExecuJobs has helped thousands of job seekers gain JQ and achieve their goals – not simply a job but a great match. Give them an opportunity to help you. To start on the path to the solution to your career questions, contact us @ PR@ExecuJobs.net or go to www.ExecuJobs.net today!